London Bunion offers Bunion Surgery in Central London and Essex. Read the information below if you are considering bunion surgery. As with any medical conditions it is best to seek professional advice. Please contact one of our PAs to book your consultation.
Bunion surgery techniques have developed greatly over the past two decades to produce procedures with consistently good results.
There are several techniques available, 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 specialist shoes straight away rather than struggling with simple day to day tasks after the operation.
There is also keyhole bunion treatment (also known as Minimally Invasive Surgery for bunions), depending on the size of the bunion, which has a number of benefits over traditional open surgery. These include less scarring.
Typically, patients spend 2-3 weeks wearing a post op shoe and keeping the foot dry. Once the sutures are removed, you wear a sports shoe or an air cast boot for 2-3 more weeks and transition to normal weight bearing. After week 5 or 6, when x-rays show adequate bone healing, you can begin transitioning to normal activity and shoe wear.