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Bunion Surgery: What To Expect

Bunion Surgery: What To Expect

Deciding on surgery for any ailment can feel like a daunting task, and it’s a decision that can have a big impact on your life. When it comes to bunion surgery, doing your research and ensuring that you use a quality surgical team like that of Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine can go a long way toward making your decision less stressful.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion, which is also known as a hallux valgus deformity, is a deformation of the joint where the big toe meets the rest of the foot. Described as a bony bump or protrusion, the joint presses outwards, forcing the tip of the big toe inwards toward the other toes on the foot. Not only does this give the feet an unsightly appearance, but it creates pain, redness, and swelling that can seriously alter the person’s quality of life if not addressed.

Treating Bunions

Though there are a few remedies available meant to relieve the pain associated with bunions, they do not address the problem itself, which can lead to a worsening of your condition and can require more intensive surgery in the future. When a bunion forms, we recommend surgery as a way to handle the issue correctly, the first time. Bunion surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis under anesthesia. The chosen procedure is dependent on the severity of the bunion in question but can range from just soft tissue modification to actual removal or fusion of bone material.


Recovery time is largely dependent on the severity of the bunion removed, as well as the type of procedure performed. It takes on average six weeks for the bone to heal.  Afterwards a period of rehabilitation may be required.  Full recovery is dependent on your situation and the extent of surgery required.

Kurtis Hort, MD is a member of our team of foot and ankle specialists, and a resident orthopaedic surgeon. He has performed numerous bunion procedures and will ensure your ailment is treated properly. Request an appointment online or by calling 904-825-0540.


Dr Hort - Foot surgeon St AugustineKURTIS HORT, MD
Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.