Bunion Surgery

Bunion Surgery

Surgical intervention is currently the only way of fully correcting a Bunion. There are many types of Bunion Surgery and your surgeon will recommend a particular procedure suited to your particular case.

Types of Bunion Surgery

At our clinic the four most common types of Bunion Surgery include:

The scarf and akin osteotomy is a common procedure carried out to correct a bunion. It is used to correct moderate bunions and allows for early weight-bearing due to the titanium screws used and the stability of the bone following surgery.

Your bunion surgeon will start by making an incision on the inner side of the big toe joint and release the tight ligaments that are holding the toe out of alignment. The bump will be removed and the metatarsal and big toe proximal phalangeal bones will be realigned to a corrected position. Titanium screws are used to fix the toe in position and allow predicted correction and excellent stability.

Recovery

Over the first two weeks you should rest at home whilst elevating your foot as much as possible. You will be able to slightly increase activities at one week, but should still rest at home. You’ll be able to start wearing trainers at two weeks and return to high impact activities at six-eight weeks following surgery.

Minimally Invasive Surgery, also known as Keyhole Surgery, uses specialised techniques and equipment to reduce the size of incision and soft tissue interruption during a bunion operation. This can help reduce the overall recovery period, postoperative pain and scarring.

There are several minimally invasive surgeries available, our bunion surgeon, Mr Kaser Nazir, favours the PECA bunion correction system. This technique involves only three-four 2mm incisions. 3-4 PECA screws are used to stabilise the bone.

Recovery

Over the first two weeks you should rest at home whilst elevating your foot as much as possible. You will be able to slightly increase activities at one week, but should still rest at home. You’ll be able to start wearing trainers at two weeks and return to high impact activities at eight weeks following surgery.

Traditional bunionectomy is typically reserved for for very minor bunions in elderley patients where the bunion bump is the main concern and the alignment operation is not suggested due to osteoporosis, poor health or frailty.

An incision is made to the inner side of the big toe. The bony bunion growth is then removed, no pins or screws are used during the procedure.

Recovery

The patients can mobilise very early with this procedure. Elevation of the foot is required for a couple of days and wound healing will typically take 2 weeks.

The lapidus bunion procedure is typically carried out for severe bunions or for patients who are hypermobile where there is a significantly higher chance of the bunion recurring after more traditional surgeries. The procedure involves mending of two bones towards the arch of the foot.

An incision is made to the top or side of the foot. The bunion bony growth is then removed. The joint near the instep (tarsometatarsal joint) is realigned and fused with a fixation such as screws, plates and/or implants.

Recovery

You should rest at home for the first two weeks and elevate your foot as much as possible. At two weeks following the surgery you will be transitioned into an Aircast boot for a further four-six weeks, you should be able to stop using crutches at four weeks postoperative and just mobilise with the Aircast boot. At three months following surgery you should be able to return to high impact activities, such as the gym and running.

Bunion Surgery Cost

Initial Consultation

£200 – The initial review with Consultant Podiatric Surgeon, Mr. Kaser Nazir, includes a full assessment of your Bunion and formation of a treatment plan.

X-rays

£132 – X-rays are often requested during the first appointment to assess the size and severity of the Bunion. This allows us to determine the best course of treatment.

Package Fees for Surgery

One Foot Bunion Procedure

Single Package Fee


£3755


Both Feet Bunion Procedures

Single Package Fee


£5311


One Foot Bunion Procedure

Postoperative Care Package†


£4189


Both Feet Bunion Procedures

Postoperative Care Package**


£5793


† Includes postoperative x-rays and 4 sessions of in-house physiotherapy

** Includes postoperative x-rays and 6 sessions of in-house physiotherapy

All of our packages include follow up appointments with Mr. Nazir to monitor your progress after the procedure.

Our package fees cover the typical costs that most patients require when undergoing this procedure. They are intended as a guide for self-funding patients. We will provide a full breakdown of fees tailored to your particular case prior to any surgery.