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    What is the surgery for a bunion like?

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    Mr William Edwards

    Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Mr William Edwards is a fellowship trained Foot and Ankle Surgeon, and fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeon. He has a Private practice in Prahran. William Edwards’ … View Profile

    It is done in hospital but can be done either as an inpatient or as a day surgery. Usually, you can walk on the foot on the day of the surgery but for the first week or two, most of your time is spent in bed to let the skin heal. After that, activity increases although the bones will not solidify for around two months and be really sound by four months. If the joint is very arthritic then the fall-back option is to fuse it – this is counter-intuitively successful surgery but is confined for those whose toes are stiff and very painful. It leaves a very high level of activity but will stop you from wearing high heeled shoes.

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