Bunion Surgery – Hallux Valgus (Bunion) Operation

Bunion Surgery – Hallux Valgus (Bunion) Operation

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Bunion Surgery – Minimally invasive Bunion Surgeon in London

Bunions (Hallux Valgus) is a progressive deformity of the big toe for which we provide regular treatment at our clinic in London. Our clinic has performed thousands of bunion procedures. Bunion surgery has come a long way over the past decade, allowing foot surgeons to correct the deformity fully with an early return to shoes and activity.

Bunions and Current Surgical Methods:

Bunions are a common occurrence in men and women and typically start progressing in the teenage years. There is consensus amongst bunion surgeons that a strong genetic link exists in most cases. More than 50% of Women in the UK have bunions, making it a common foot deformity. The problem often runs in families, although tight narrow shoes and high heels are often blamed. Keyhole surgery techniques have developed over the past decade to develop procedures that have consistent and reproducible outcomes. It is not uncommon for patients to return to sedentary desk jobs 1-2 weeks after the operation in specially developed protective boots.

Day Case Keyhole Surgery:

There are several procedures available, often as day case (no in-patient stay), 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.

The Evolution of Minimally Invasive (Keyhole) Bunion Operation:

Surgical procedures evolve with changing needs, technology and available techniques. Important factors that inform the evolution of Bunion surgery include:
  • Straight and cosmetically accepted toe position
  • Good movement in big toe joint
  • Early return to smart footwear
  • Prevent recurrence of deformity
The keyhole bunion technique has a number of benefits over traditional open surgery techniques. Your specialist will discuss your suitability for this minimally invasive corrective method depending on the size of your bunion and xrays. The benefits of this technique include:  
  • Quicker healing and recovery
  • Less Scarring
  • Reduced joint stiffness risk
  • Reduced Risks

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.

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. The advantages of these techniques are:
  • Quicker recovery
  • Less swelling
  • Return to most desk based jobs at 7-10 days
  • No casts
  • Well managed post-operative discomfort
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