Bunion Surgery in London – Hallux Valgus (Bunion) Operation

Bunion Surgery in London – Hallux Valgus (Bunion) Operation

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The London Foot & Ankle Surgery specialises in day case bunion surgery using the very latest evidence based treatments, allowing for a quicker rehabilitation and return to activity. Advanced bunion surgery techniques allow quicker recovery, immediate weight bearing and minimal post operative discomfort.

What are Bunions?

A Bunion, also known as Hallux Valgus, is a common foot deformity involving the development of a bony growth below the base of the big toe.

Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery in London - Diagram

A Bunion is a progressive condition, meaning that without intervention it will get worse over time. As the Bunion ‘bump’ grows, the deformity can become increasingly painful when walking or running, cause footwear fitting issues and develop redness and swelling from excessive rubbing in footwear. The position of the big toe will also shift over time, often overlapping the lesser toes, which can cause further pain and discomfort. These symptoms can become quite severe, affecting daily activities and having a significant impact on quality of life.

Non-Surgical Treatment of Bunions

There are several non surgical treatments for Bunions, including:

  • Wearing appropriate shoes with enough space in the toe box
  • Using protective cushioning or pads to reduce pain in footwear
  • Using toe spacers or night-splints to maintain space between the big toe and lesser toes
  • Using orthotics to reduce pressure away from the Bunion

The above measures can help treat symptoms and prevent progression of the deformity. However, currently the only way to fully resolve the Bunion is with surgery.

Bunion Surgery

There are many types of surgical procedures that can be used to correct Bunions. The most common performed at our clinic include:

  • Scarf & Akin Osteotomy
  • Lapidus Fusion Procedure
  • Traditional Bunionectomy | Bunion Removal Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive (Keyhole) Surgery

You can find out more about these kinds of surgery via our dedicated Bunion site, by clicking below:

These are typically performed as day case surgeries (no overnight stay at the hospital), using ankle block local anaesthetic alone or combined with sedation or general anaesthesia. Most of the recovery occurs over 6-8 weeks. Modern bunion operations allow you to put weight on the foot using a specialist shoe straight away, eradicating the struggle with simple day to day tasks after the operation.

What is Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery?

Patients often ask about Minimally Invasive or Keyhole Bunion surgery. These procedures use modern techniques and equipment to decrease the number and size of incisions during an operation. This has several benefits, including:

  • Faster recovery times
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • No need for general anesthesia

There are currently several types of Minimally Invasive procedure available. Find Out More about Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery at our clinic.

How long is Recovery from Bunion Surgery? | Return to Life & Shoes

  • Patients spend 2 – 3 weeks using a postoperative shoe, during which time they should keep the foot dry
  • Once the sutures are removed, you wear a sports shoe or air cast boot for 2-3 more weeks and transition to normal weight bearing.
  • Typically after week 5 or 6, when x-rays show sufficient healing of the bones, you can start to graduate to normal activity and shoes.

Download our patient information for more details on recovery.

Having Your Bunion Operation

Our bunion specialist, Mr. Kaser Nazir, is a world class Consultant Podiatric Surgeon who works between his NHS post at Guys & St Thomas’ NHS trust and in our private clinic. He performs hundreds of bunion corrective treatments every year. We only use evidence based techniques with the latest modern technological advancements.

Cost of Bunion Surgery

The cost of Bunion Corrective Surgery is dependent on a number of factors, including:

  • Type of procedure that is recommended
  • Specifics of the procedure, e.g. local or general anesthetic, surgical screws required
  • Whether both feet are operated on simultaneously
  • Whether you are using private insurance to fund your operation; the fees are often set by the insurer.

However, we do provide an illustrative breakdown of fees involved for self funding patients, via our designated Bunion Surgery Site. Click here to see the breakdown of fees.

Bunion Surgery Reviews

‘I recently had my bilateral bunion surgery with Mr Kaser Nazir and couldn’t be more pleased with the results. I hardly experienced any pain following the procedure, and have had a smooth recovery following Mr Nazir’s advice. The rest of staff who have looked after me at the clinic during my follow-up appointments have been brilliant too. I will definitely recommend Mr Nazir’s for any foot condition.’ – Mari Carmen Civera Martín, Bunion Surgery Patient


What To Expect

Before and After Bunion Surgery

before and after bunion surgery

Click below to see more before and after surgery images:


More Information on our dedicated bunion website WWW.BUNIONSURGEON.CO.UK
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