Bunion surgery techniques have developed over the past two decades producing procedures that produce consistent and reproducible outcomes. It is not uncommon for patients to return to sedentary desk jobs 2 weeks after the operation in specially developed protective boots.
Our surgeon, Mr Kaser Nazir, will assess the foot and carry out X-rays to confirm which procedure is most appropriate for you. He will advise on the least invasive option where possible, typically the scarf and akin osteotomy or minimally invasive bunion correction.
In more severe cases, you may require a lapidus procedure. This surgery has a longer recovery, an aircast boot and cast may also be required.
Day case bunion surgery:
There are several techniques available to treat bunions, often as day care (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, but full recovery is often longer. Modern bunion treatment allows you to put weight on the foot using a specialist shoe straight away rather than struggling with simple day to day tasks after the operation.
What’s important to the patient:
- Straight and cosmetically accepted toe position
- Good movement in big toe joint
- Return to smart footwear
- Prevent recurrence of deformity
Return to life & shoes:
The scarf and akin osteotomy and minimally invasive bunion correction offer the following benefits time wise:
- Patients spend 2-3 weeks wearing a post op shoe and keeping the foot dry.
- Once the sutures are removed, you will need to wear a sports shoe for 2-3 further weeks and transition to normal weight bearing.
- Typically between 6 – 8 weeks, when X-rays show adequate bone healing, you can begin transitioning to normal activity and shoe wear.
- The core principles of this technique ultimately come back to the foundation of our entire practice: create procedures that allow patients to treat their conditions preventatively, without the long and sometimes difficult recovery that older methods offer.
We perform hundreds of bunion surgery procedures to realign and straighten the big toe and align the joint. Bunion Surgery has come a long way over the past decade allowing foot surgeons to correct the deformity fully with early return to shoes and activity.
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Thoughts and advice on foot health care from the Podogo team.