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Bunion deformity (Hallux valgus)

Treatment for bunion deformity depends on the

severity of the condition and amount of pain you

get from the deformity.

For mild deformity

For moderate deformity

Chevron osteotomy

For severe deformity

Scarf osteotomy +/- Akin osteotomy

or big toe joint fusion

What does the operation involve?

The operation is done under general anaesthetics

and as a day case.

It involves cutting a tendon and bone to make the

toe straight.

Is it very painful?

You will have mild to moderate pain from operation.

As the bone cut is fixed with 1 or 2 screws, the pain

settles in 1 to 2 days.

Will my foot be in a plaster?


What happens after operation?

You will be heel walking for 6 weeks

You will be seen in clinic in 2 weeks time to check

the wound and change the dressing.

How long does it take to recover from operation?

Wound takes 2 weeks to heal.

Bone cut heals in 6 weeks.

What are the risks of operation?

  1. Infection
  2. Nerve damage
  3. Recurrence of deformity
  4. Non union
  5. Blood clots in the legs (DVT) or lungs (PE)
  6. Stiffness of the joint
  7. Pain in the ball of the foot (transfer metatarsalgia)

How will you reduce the risk of infection?

You will be given antibiotics at the time of operation.