Bunion removal

Surgery to remove of bunions

If you have a bunion, HCA UK provides bunion removal surgery

Removing a bunion

Pressure on the inside of your foot can cause your big toe to be pushed against your other toes. As a result a bunion (a painful bony lump) forms, which is a deformity of your big toe.

Bunion removal can get rid of this bony lump and also help to realign your toes.

Need to know

  • What happens during a bunionectomy? icon plus

    Surgery is the only way to remove a bunion and your GP or consultant will take an X-ray to assess the extent of your condition. During the procedure, the consultant makes a small cut in the skin and removes the bony lump by cutting or scraping it away. Your big toe is then straightened and realigned and pins or screws are used to hold the toe in the correct position. These are usually left in permanently.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Bunion removal is generally a very safe procedure. However, as with any surgery, there are some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you and answer any questions you might have. Bunion removal may be done under local or general anaesthetic, depending on the extent of your condition. We will let you know in advance how long to avoid eating and drinking
  • Post surgery recovery icon plus

    After the procedure, you will be taken to the recovery unit, where our dedicated team will look after you. You’ll be given pain relief medication if needed.

    Most bunion removal procedures are performed as day cases, so you won’t need to stay in hospital long and should be able to go home after one day. Your consultant or specialist nurse will let you know when you can leave the hospital. They will also advise you on how to manage your recovery and when you can get back to your usual daily routines.

    You will normally have to stay off your feet for as much as possible for two weeks, avoid driving for up eight weeks and sports for up to six months.

What is causing my foot pain?

In this video, Mr Simon Moyes discusses common foot and ankle problems, including plantar fasciitis and bunions, and how they can be treated at The Foot and Ankle Unit, part of The Wellington Hospital.

Our foot and ankle consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic experts, specialising in disorders of the foot and ankle, including bones, muscles and tendons.

Our locations

From complex ankle surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures on the foot, we provide exceptional orthopaedic care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Book a foot and ankle appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced foot and ankle consultants. We can also make imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments for you.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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