Hallux valgus (bunion) is a fairly common joint deformity, characterized by deviation of the big toe (hallux) towards the other toes. While initially it may not cause painful sensations, left untreated it will progress over time. Bunions are caused by joint dysfunction due to pes lateral, tendon weakness, certain neurological conditions and congenital foot deformities. Tight, uncomfortable shoes, especially with heels can cause the symptoms to become more pronounced. The condition is often accompanied by arthrosis and/or arthritis. The most effective method of treatment is a bunion surgery.
Hallux valgus surgery takes place at one of the top facilities in Israel – Assuta Tel Aviv Medical Center. The scientific name for the operation you will undergo is “Modified Chevron osteotomy”, though it's more commonly referred to as "bunion removal". During the procedure the surgeon will correct the position of your 1st metatarsal bone and fix it with metal screws (for example Acutrak). There is usually no blood loss involved, and in most cases you will be discharged within 24 hours.
Bunion surgery cost is comprised of the following:
Following your discharge from the hospital (on postoperative day 1) you will be required to remain in Israel for 4-5 additional days. Unlike other methods of hallux valgus treatment, you can expect unpleasant sensations associated with the procedure to disappear within 3 weeks of your chevron osteotomy.
Current approaches allow patients to regain full foot function following osteotomy hallux valgus surgery, without pain or any kind of complications. The best result can be achieved if you only put weight on your heel during the first 3 weeks following the procedure.
Please note that it is not recommended to operate on both feet at the same time. If you require bilateral bunion surgery, it is advised to perform the operations 3 to 6 months apart. When it is necessary to operate on both feet at the same time, patients must use a wheelchair during the postoperative period to allow for proper healing.