What Are the Risks of Bunion Surgery?

Undergoing any surgical procedure comes with potential risks and complications. If you’re considering having a bunion removed, here are a few things you should know.

Every surgical procedure has a mix of benefits and risks dependent upon your personal circumstances. Any of the below could occur during or after bunion surgery (hallux valgus correction) and may require medical attention (such as further surgery) or possible implant removal (if applicable). Consult with your surgeon for risks specific to your procedure and ask about any medical devices that will be implanted.

  • Infection1-2
  • Bunion reoccurence1-2
  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Failure of the bone to heal2
  • Nerve damage1-2
  • Inadequate healing1-2
  • Pain, numbness, swelling1-2
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  1. Bunion Surgery (n.d.). Johns Hopkins Medicine. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/treatment-tests-and-therapies/bunion-surgery
  2. Haddad, S. (n.d.). Bunion Surgery. OrthoInfo. https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/bunion-surgery/