Bunion Surgery

Bunion surgery

What is a bunion?

A bunion, also known as hallux valgus, is a common foot condition. It is a painful bony lump that develops on the side of your big toe joint. This bony bump gradually happens when your big toe leans towards your second toe. it can be painful and affect how you walk.  

What are the benefits of bunion surgery?

Surgery is the only way to get rid of your bunion. Bunion surgery straightens your big toe and removes the painful prominence. It also aims to prevent a bunion reoccurring.

You should benefit from: reduced pain, walking easier, and being able to find shoes that fit your foot comfortably.

What happens during bunion surgery?

Your podiatrist or orthopaedic foot surgeon will perform your bunion surgery. Bunion removal surgery typically takes less than an hour and you should be able to go home the same day. There are a number of different types of bunion surgery and the type of operation will be based on the severity of your deformity. Metatarsal osteotomy is a common bunion surgery.

Before surgery you will be given a general, local or spinal anaesthetic. Your surgeon will make a cut over your big toe joint on the inner side of your foot or, make several small incisions around your big toe joint.

Bunion surgery usually involves cutting and removing part of the bone in your big toe to correct its alignment. Additionally, soft tissue around your big toe may be repaired, your ligaments may be released or tightened and, your smaller toes straightened. Pins, plates, or screws may be used to hold everything in place. 

What conditions may lead to needing bunion surgery?

Bunion surgery is used to treat severe bunions that are causing significant pain and affecting your quality of life. It is usually recommended if you’ve tried other more conservative bunion treatments.

Cost of bunion surgery

If you decide to pay for your treatment, Ramsay offer an all-inclusive Total Care package, where a single one-off payment at a pre-agreed price, delivering direct access to all the treatment you need for complete reassurance. You can also spread the cost of your treatment with finance options available.

Bunion surgery may be covered by your medical insurance policy. We advise you to check directly with your insurance provider and get written confirmation before commencing treatment. 

How soon will I recover after bunion surgery?

This is a day case procedure so typically you’ll go home the same day. You should stay off your feet as much as possible for at least two weeks. You’ll be advised to wear a post-operative shoe that protects your foot and you may need crutches or a brace. You must follow your doctor’s post-operative advice.

The time it takes to recover from bunion surgery will depend on the exact surgery you had. 

Typically, it will take around three months to heal after bunion surgery and you’ll usually need to avoid driving and stay off work during this time. Normally you are advised to avoid sport for six months.  You should ask your surgeon about your recovery based on your individual circumstances.

Bunion surgery with Ramsay Health Care

Ramsay Health Care hospitals offer a range of bunion treatments including bunion surgery to relieve your pain and help you to walk more comfortably. We have expert podiatrists and orthopaedic surgeons with a special interest in feet who can recommend and discuss in detail the best bunion treatment for your needs. 

You can rest assured that our surgeons regularly perform bunion surgery and that they will take every care to achieve the best results to remove the deformity and restore your foot function.

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