Bunion Removal



Bunion removal is surgery to repair a deformity in the joint that connects the big toe to the foot. It removes excess bone in the joint and re-aligns the joint.

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Possible Complications

Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:

  • Excess bleeding
  • Problems from anesthesia, such as wheezing or sore throat
  • Infection
  • Toe may be misaligned or too short
  • The bunion may return

Things that may raise the risk of problems are:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity



This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

a (Hallux Valgus Repair, Bunionectomy)


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Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org 

Canadian Podiatric Medical Association  https://www.podiatrycanada.ca 


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