Bunion Removal

A bunion removal is a surgery to repair a deformity in the joint that connects the big toe to the foot. It is done by removing excess bone in the joint area and re-aligning the joint.

  • Call Your Doctor

    After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the site
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
    • Swelling or pain in the calf or leg

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    A bunion removal is a surgery to repair a deformity in the joint that connects the big toe to the foot. It is done by removing excess bone in the joint area and re-aligning the joint.

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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure


    A
    bunion
    is an inflammation and enlargement of the big toe joint and the tissue around it. In some cases, the deformity is so severe that the bottom of the big toe slants significantly toward the outside of the foot. Surgery to correct it is considered when:

    • Other attempts at therapy have failed, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, specially shaped shoes, or inserts to decrease pressure
    • The pain of a bunion interferes with walking
    • The foot deformity makes walking difficult

  • Possible Complications

    If you are planning to have a bunion removal, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Swelling
    • Infection
    • Bleeding
    • Toe may be misaligned or too short
    • The bunion may recur

    Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:


    • Smoking and
      alcohol abuse
    • Diabetes
    • Poor nutrition
    • Poor health
    • Obesity