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Bunion surgery

Bunion surgery is a surgical procedure to remove bunions. Successful bunion surgery can reduce the discomfort and pain bunions cause.If you see a bony bump near the base of y...

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a bony lump on the side of your foot at the base of your big toe. The most common cause of bunions is footwear that does not have enough width to fit your toes in their natural position. They are sometimes associated with arthritis of the joint at the base of your big toe but many people with bunions have no underlying joint problems.

What are the benefits of surgery?

Your big toe should be straighter, so your foot should fit more comfortably in a normal shoe.

Are there any alternatives to surgery?

Putting padding over the bunion or a spacer between your big toe and second toe can help give you relief from the pain caused by the bunion rubbing. Using wide-fitting shoes from a good-quality shoe shop may be enough. If not, the orthotics (surgical appliances) department at the hospital will be able to give you advice about special shoes.

What does the procedure involve?

Various anaesthetic techniques are possible. The operation usually takes 30 minutes to an hour. Your surgeon will discuss with you which of the following procedures the operation is likely to involve.

  • Removing the bunion.
  • Releasing the tight ligaments and tightening stretched ligaments.
  • Cutting and realigning the bones of your big toe.
  • Stiffening a joint.
  • Straightening one or more of your toes.

What complications can happen?

Like all surgical procedures, there are some complications that can be serious and can even cause death. Please bear in mind the general and specific complications regarding this type of operation.

General complications of any operation

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the surgical site (wound)
  • Unsightly scarring of your skin
  • Blood clot in your leg
  • Blood clot in your lung
  • Difficulty passing urine

Specific complications of this operation

  • Damage to nerves
  • Problems with bone healing
  • Loss of movement in your big toe
  • Severe pain, stiffness and loss of use of your foot
  • Pain in the ball of your foot
  • The deformity coming back

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home the same day or the day after. Spend most of the time during the first week with your leg raised so that the swelling settles. It can take 6 weeks or longer before the swelling has gone down enough for you to wear a normal soft shoe.

With regular exercise, it should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice. The swelling often takes up to 6 months to go down completely.

Summary

If you have a bunion that is causing pressure and pain, surgery should straighten your big toe and make your foot fit more comfortably into a normal shoe. To find out more, call us on 0808 101 0337.

Acknowledgements
Author: Mr Stephen Milner DM FRCS (Tr. & Orth.)

The cost of bunion repair surgery 

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £4,439 Included £4,439
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £4,639

The cost of bunion repair (with soft tissue release) surgery 

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £4,538 Included £4,538
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £4,738

Specialists Offering Bunion surgery

Mr Satyajit Naique

Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon

FRCS (Tr&Orth), MS, FRCS, FCPS, Dip (Orth), DNB, MBBS

BMI Bishops Wood Hospital 1 more BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Mr Callum Clark

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MA(Cantab), MB BChir, FRCS(Eng), FRCS(TR&Orth), FSEM(UK)

BMI The Princess Margaret Hospital

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Mr Kinner Davda

Orthopaedic Surgeon

BSc (Hons), BMBS, MRCS (Eng), MD (Res), FRCS (Tr & Orth)

BMI The Chiltern Hospital 1 more BMI The Shelburne Hospital

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Mr Vikas Vedi

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

BSc Hons, MBBS, FRCS, FRCS(Tr & Orth)

BMI Bishops Wood Hospital 3 more BMI Syon Clinic BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital BMI The Princess Margaret Hospital

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Mr Jaysheel Mehta

Consultant Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon

MBBS, MS(Ortho), MCh(Orth), MRCSEd, FRCS, FRCSEd(T&O)

BMI The Highfield Hospital

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Mr Sunil Bajaj

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS, FRCS (Glasgow), FRCS (Tr & Orth)

BMI The Blackheath Hospital 2 more BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital BMI The Sloane Hospital

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