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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about bunionectomy?

A bunionectomy is surgery to remove the bunion and bring your big toe back into its correct position. Bones, tendons, nerves, or ligaments may also be moved or put into the correct position.


How do I prepare for bunionectomy?

Your healthcare provider will talk to you about how to prepare for surgery. He or she may tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your surgery. He or she will tell you what medicines to take or not take on the day of your surgery. You may be given an antibiotic through your IV to help prevent a bacterial infection. Arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you to make sure you are okay.

What will happen during bunionectomy?

What will happen after bunionectomy?

You will usually be able to go home after bunionectomy. You may have a toe spacer to hold your toe in place for up to 6 weeks while your foot heals. You may need to wear a post surgical shoe for up to 6 weeks after surgery. You may need crutches or a walker if you cannot put weight on your foot. You may have a brace or cast while your toe heals.

Postsurgical Shoe

What are the risks of bunionectomy?

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