Screw fixation of an osteotomy in the first metatarsal for bunion correction represents a compromise. The need to return to the operating room for removal exposes patients to added anesthesia risk, expense, time, and possible surgical complications. This article compares screw fixation with a novel new bioresorbable polymer pin that is inserted with an ultrasound activated BoneWelding technique to fixate a bunion correction using a reversed L osteotomy. This article reviews and discusses the present benefits of a time-tested osteotomy that, when fixated with this polymer and BoneWelding technique, offers new solutions for a compromised patient population.
Keywords: Bioresorbable; BoneWelding; Distal L bunionectomy; Hallux valgus; Osteoporosis; Polylactide pin; Sonic pin; Ultrasound activated.
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