Surgery to treat a bunion is aimed at correcting the underlying bone deformity, known as hallux valgus. One common type of surgical procedure used to treat a bunion involves reshaping and realigning the deformed bone at the base of the big toe. The operation is performed under general anaesthesia and may require a brief stay in hospital. Normal activity can usually be resumed about 6 weeks after surgery.
From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.