This outpatient procedure is performed to correct a bunion, a deformity of the toe joint. During the procedure, the surgeon may remove excess bone and then shift the toe into proper alignment. This surgery is commonly performed with regional anesthesia.
To start, you are given medicine to put you to sleep. An incision is made in your skin to reach your infected bone. The infected area is cleaned. The doctor may remove infected parts of the bone.
Then, the beads are packed into the bone. They will release medicine to kill the germs. Over time, the beads will break down, and your body will use them to grow healthy new bone.
When the surgery is done, the opening in your skin is closed and you are monitored. Your healthcare provider will create a care plan to help you heal.