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Restore natural  movement after bunion correction

Stay active with new Active Bunion surgery

Natural alignment, returned

Normal flexibility, retained
(without fusing ANY joints in your foot)

Less invasive, smaller incision and scar

Your life moves in all directions.

Active Bunion keeps up.

Live life without bunion pain.

You can keep moving AFTER bunion surgery when you and your surgeon choose the multi-dimensional Active Bunion correction.

The Active Bunion is a new, simple, fast bunion correction surgery that is so advanced it can produce less scarring (inside and out) compared with other bunion surgery options.* Your foot moves freely, like mother nature intended — without fusing together of joint bones at the mid-foot as is done in 3D and 4D Lapidus procedures.

And, with a much smaller incision — leaving a smaller scar — than any other bunion correction, you’ll hardly know you ever had a bunion.

* Individual results may vary. Your surgeon will discuss what you can expect during and after the Active Bunion procedure.

I don’t want a permanent joint fusion in my foot, and I want the smallest possible scar.”

~ Bunion surgery candidate

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Active Bunion corrects most bunions

The Active Bunion procedure was created to treat up to 90 percent of moderate to severe bunion correction cases. Your surgeon will evaluate your bunion and recommend the proper surgical correction for you.

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Moderate  — Severe

Active Bunion treats 90% of moderate to severe bunions.

Extremely Severe

Only the most severe bunions, such as those associated with unstable joints or arthritic damage, require joint fusion (3D Lapidus procedure)

Less invasive internally and externally: smaller incision can result in smaller scars, inside and out

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12 weeks after 
Active Bunion surgery

After the Active Bunion procedure, the scar on your foot almost disappears*. Because this is a simple bunion correction, there may be less internal scarring of the foot’s tendons and ligaments surrounding the bone. Your foot may be less stiff and you may return to normal motion faster, compared with other bunion surgery types.

Active Bunion is a minimally invasive procedure designed to be less invasive than other bunion removal options, both inside and out.

Internally, this procedure may result in minimal soft tissue scarring as you heal, which usually means less stiffness and a potentially faster return to normal motion.

Outside the foot, the one-inch incision (in most cases) will leave only a small scar, about one third to one half the size of the incisions made by other bunion surgeries.

* Individual results may vary. Your surgeon will discuss what you can expect during and after the Active Bunion procedure.
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Maintain more flexibility & mobility with NO joint fusion

All 3D Lapidus-type bunion procedures require fusing the joint bones at the midpoint of the foot. Physicians consider fusions of any kind as a last resort, recommended for only the most severe bunion deformities. Once fused, future corrective surgery can be more challenging.

A fused joint often requires a longer healing period than other, simpler bunion correction surgeries.

When the bones of your foot grow together and ‘fuse’ as you heal, you forever lose the ability to bend at that joint. That means your foot movement can be restricted. Fusion may also result in a shorter big toe after surgery.

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Simple, short procedure

  • The Active Bunion surgery is simpler than other bunion corrections for the foot surgeon. It requires fewer steps and a smaller incision.
  • This surgery is usually completed in about 20-40 minutes, compared to 40-60 minutes for other more invasive and complex corrections, such as traditional Chevron or Austin, and 60-90 minutes for 3D Lapidus procedures*.
  • Typically, general anesthesia is not required.
* Individual results may vary.
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Designed for faster active recovery than traditional (and newer) bunion surgeries*

  • Active Bunion surgery may get you back on your feet more quickly — compared with most other surgeries — as it does not involve any joint fusion.
  • In many cases, people who have this procedure may start walking soon after surgery.

* Early weight bearing and a return to normal activities depend on your surgeon’s recommendations and other individual factors

The latest evolution in bunion correction:
how the Active Bunion works

Active Bunion improves on traditional and other, newer bunion removal options by:

  • Allowing correct alignment of your joint in multiple dimensions
  • Avoiding restrictive scarring around the joint space
  • Not fusing the joint at the midfoot

Keep your freedom of movement with a multi-dimensional bunion correction

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Active Bunion surgery is intended to allow your surgeon to correct the bunion in multiple dimensions, restoring your normal anatomy. The surgeon begins by repositioning the metatarsal (bone leading to the big toe), to the left or right. This allows the foot to tilt inward and outward.
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Next, the bone is shifted and rotated toward the middle of the body. This allows the bones of the foot to move toward or away from the usual straight position.
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Then, the bone is moved and positioned up or down, as need to correct alignment. This allows the foot to move freely toward or away from the body.
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With the first metatarsal re-positioned to its natural anatomy, the surgeon secures it into place with the CoLink Vallux® surgical plate. Combined, these simple corrections remove the bunion, relieve pain, and help your foot move as naturally as possible again, after healing.
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The Active Bunion procedure corrects the bunion and is intended to allow your surgeon to return the joint bones to their original alignment, reducing the chance that this surgery will have any long-term effect on natural movement*.

A multi-dimensional correction, this surgery maintains all planes of natural foot movement: up and down, left to right, and tilting inward and outward.

While each person’s case is unique, the Active Bunion procedure can help you achieve maximum range of motion, flexibility, and daily function.

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*Results may vary due to individual factors and your surgeon’s recommendations.
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Your bunion, corrected

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With the Active Bunion, your natural alignment and normal flexibility can be returned through a procedure that is less invasive with minimal scarring. (Individual results may vary.)

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Why Choose
Active Bunion?

For a quick overview of all the advantages of this bunion surgery, download our brochure for patients:

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