Bunion surgery is an operation to remove the bump and realign the big toe. The surgery is done to remove your discomfort or pain, correct this deformity and make the to look straighter.

Minimally Invasive Surgery uses tiny skin incisions to make the bony corrections which are held with screws.

Recovering from the surgery

Your surgery can be bone as a day case procedure, usually with a short sedation or general anaesthetic combined with a local anaesthetic ankle block.   You are likely be able to go home a few hours after your operation.   When you get home, you should keep your foot elevated for a few weeks to help with the swelling, you can use a stool or some pillows to do this.  You will be given pain-killers to go home with.  Most patients find that they only need simple pain-killers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen for a few days after Minimally Invasive Surgery.

The time it takes for the bone to completely heal from bunion surgery varies and is dependent on the type of operation you’ve had. Some people can walk right away, but may need crutches for a few days to support them. Other people may need crutches for a few weeks, you might also need to wear a brace or support shoe for about 6 to 12 weeks. As all cases vary a little bit, you must consult your doctor and ask them when you can begin putting pressure on your foot. If you put weight on it too soon, this can affect the results of the operation.

On average, people who have bunion surgery take about six weeks off of work. However, this depends on how much pressure and stress your foot is put under when at work. If you have a desk-based job, you may be able to work from home a few days after your surgery.  If your job involves a lot of walking or standing, you may need to take more time off.