Blue Ridge orthopedists in Asheville, North Carolina, have corrected a bunion on a patient with a right knee that required surgery.
The correction was done Tuesday by the company that performs surgery on the knee, and the patient’s surgeon, Michael Schmitt, was not injured in the incident, according to a statement from the company.
The bunion was found when a patient’s orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Brian T. Hynes, was cleaning the patient up, according the statement from Blue Ridge.
The bunion is located in the middle of the bone, so the patient needs to bend the knee to remove it, according a Blue Ridge spokesperson.
The patient had a torn labrum and a ruptured aorta, the spokesperson said.
Blue Ridge’s orthotic surgeon, Kevin Wysocki, said in a statement that he was thankful for the patient for coming to the clinic and for showing their confidence.
He also thanked the surgeon, Schmitt for his “incredible work.”
Schmitt, who has performed surgery on patients with knee injuries, had no injuries during the surgery, Blue Ridge said.
Schmitt said the bunion would heal in a week or two.
He said he has not yet met with the patient to discuss the surgery and the treatment that will be used.