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Tees Hospital

Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 360 100
Enquiries 01642 360 100
Physiotherapy 03450454845
Appointments 01642 367404
Treatment options & prices 01642 367 439
Main switchboard 01642 360100

Why choose Nuffield Health Tees Hospital for your bunion surgery?

At Nuffield Health Tees Hospital our expert foot and ankle surgeons are experienced in the fast and effective treatment of bunions. We take pride in our high standards of clinical care, thats why our consultants are fully supported by an attentive matron-led nursing team, who are dedicated to ensuring your wellbeing and comfort during your hospital stay.

Since 1981, Nuffield Health Tees Hospital has established itself as one of the leading private healthcare providers in the North East, transforming patients lives in Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington, Middlesbrough and surrounding areas.

Nuffield Health Tees Hospital is conveniently located in the picturesque village of Norton. Due to our spacious location on Teesside, we can offer plenty of free parking as well as easy access to a number of local transport links.

How to book an orthopaedic consultation at Nuffield Health Tees Hospital

If you are suffering from foot pain and want to discuss your treatment options with one of our consultants in Tees, you will need to book a private consultation via our dedicated enquiry team on 01642 924796.

Please let the enquiry handler know if you have had any recent X-rays or scans when booking your consultation, as there will be additional charges for any diagnostic imaging needed. Alternatively, come along to one of our free orthopaedic open events. Here you will get the opportunity to meet a foot and ankle surgeon and ask any questions you may have. 

What is a Bunion?

  • The bony growth on the joint sometimes causes your big toe to turn in towards your second toe
  • Symptoms include pain, swelling of your big toe and, as the bunion sticks out, it can often rub on the inside of your shoe
  • The cause is not always known - there may be a deformity of the joint, called hallux valgus (hallux means big toe, valgus means bent outwards). Or it can be as simple as ill fitting footwear not allowing enough width to fit the toes in their natural position
  • Sometimes bunions are associated with arthritis in the joint at the base of your big toe. Left untreated bunions can continue to grow and become more painful
  • Treatment can help ease the pain. You can wear good supporting footwear - narrow, pointed shoes are best avoided. Painkillers can help, as can comfortable insoles and padding over the bunion. However, surgery is most effective if symptoms are not easing. The operation to remove bunions is called a bunionectomy.

What happens during bunion surgery at Nuffield Health Tees Hospital?

  • Bunion surgery can be performed under local or general anaesthetic
  • The operation usually takes between half an hour to an hour
  • There are several types of bunionectomies. Some involve removal and realignment of the bones in your foot. Mild bunion problems can sometimes be resolved using soft tissue release or tightening. For some very severe cases bones of the big toe are fused or the bunion is cut out along with some of the bone at the base of the toe. Be sure and discuss which type of operation you will have with your surgeon
  • With any type of bunionectomy your surgeon will make one or more incisions (cuts) near your big toe
  • They will use instruments to trim the bones and remove the bunion. Wire, screws or plates may also be used to hold the new joint in place.

After your bunion surgery

  • Depending on what procedure is used you should be able to go home the same day of the surgery. In some cases an overnight stay is required. Discuss your length of stay with your surgeon
  • You may need to wear plaster cast or dressing. You will be given a surgical shoe so you can walk on your heel. You will need crutches to move around
  • In the first few weeks following your operation your foot and ankle will be sore and swollen. You will need to spend most of your time with your leg raised so that the swelling settles
  • You will not be able to wear normal footwear for at least three to four months after surgery. When you do transition to normal shoes it is recommended they wide fitting and have low heels. Avoid any narrow, high heeled shoes that might put pressure on the surgical area.

What are the complications of bunion surgery?

Any surgical procedure may result in complications. These could include:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the surgical site (wound)
  • Scarring
  • Blood clots (DVT - deep vein thrombosis).

Specific complications in bunionectomy may include:

  • Nerve damage
  • Continued swelling and pain
  • Problems with bone healing
  • Loss of movement in big toe
  • Pain in the ball of the foot
  • Bunion coming back
  • Complex regional pain syndrome - a condition that causes long-term (chronic) burning pain in one of the limbs.
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