Bunion Surgery

Around 1 in 3 women will suffer from bunions and seek treatment to alleviate the pain and discomfort. Bunions are exacerbated through footwear choice which is why it is more common in women than men. With new minimally invasive techniques, bunion surgery can be carried out with minimal trauma, ensuring a quicker and more comfortable recovery.

What Does Bunion Surgery Involve?

A bunion is a bony lump on the side of the foot at the base of the big toe. There are different surgical options available depending on the severity of the bunion. We offer both open surgery and minimally invasive or keyhole surgery. Open surgery involves cutting and removing part of the toe bone then realigning the bones inside the big toe. During the procedure, pins, wires or screws may be inserted to hold the bones in place while they heal. Keyhole surgery is a more modern approach to bunion surgery but with reduced scarring.

You may be able to go home the same day that surgery is carried out, or after a one-night stay. The surgery can be carried out under local or general anaesthetic and takes between 30 minutes and an hour.

What Are The Benefits Of This Surgery?

Surgery will be recommended to correct a bunion if it is causing significant pain and affecting quality of life. After surgery, the big toe should be straighter, making your foot fit more comfortably into a normal shoe.


For the first week after surgery, you will need to spend most of your time with the leg raised to ease the swelling and use crutches to move around. Your surgeon will discuss when you can begin to increase movement to start returning to normal activities.

What Are The Possible Complications Of This Surgery?

Bunion surgery is a very common procedure but, as with all surgical procedures, there can be some risks. At The McIndoe Centre, we do everything to minimise the risk of complications. Your surgeon will talk to you about any possible complications before you decide to have your operation. These could include nerve damage, problems with bone healing, loss of movement in the big toe and stiffness.

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See directions from our most popular locations: London, Tunbridge Wells, Reigate, Redhill, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Dorking.

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