• This is the only natural operation with no metal fixtures used
  • Little to no downtime
  • Our Bunion Specialist has over 15 years experience
  • 1,700 procedures performed a year
  • Only available at The Private Clinic

Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery

The Problem

For the majority of people who suffer from bunions, it is the appearance that bothers them and it can make choosing the right shoes or sandals for special occasions a challenge. For others the pain and swelling from bunions can really affect their everyday life, but the downtime associated with bunion removal surgery is often not an option.

A bunion is a boney lump often found at the base of the big toe on the side of your foot. In some cases it can cause your big toe to point towards the others at an angle. It has been reported (Arthritis and Care Research – Prevalence and associations of hallux valgus in a primary care population) that over 15 million people in the UK have bunions with the majority of them being women over 45.

Bunion symptoms include;

  • A change to the shape of your foot that may result in shoes not fitting correctly
  • Pain and swelling over your big toe joint particularly after wearing shoes
  • A swollen and bony bump on the outside edge of your foot
  • Hard, callused and red skin caused by your big toe and second toe overlapping
  • Sore skin over the top of the bunion

Bunion symptoms will vary between people and they can get worse over time if the bunion if left untreated.

The main bunion treatment has always been surgical removal which often involves a 6 week downtime recovery period where you will be limited with walking, not able to work and no sports for 6 months. As many of us lead busy lifestyles it is often not even an option which leaves many bunion sufferers having to rely on remedies such as bunion pads, paracetamol and wearing wide shoes. Although many remedies prevent the development of bunions and relieve some pain, they are unable to treat the bunion and reduce its size.

Here at The Private Clinic we are excited to be able to offer a minimally invasive bunion surgical procedure that has been inspired by keyhole surgery techniques. The minimally invasive bunion surgery procedure that was originally developed by Dr Bianchi, is able to remove bunions from the foot with a quick mini-invasive surgical procedure that doesn’t involve any fixative devices such as screws, plates or wires. After the treatment patients are able to walk immediately with no crutches and get back to their everyday activities much quicker than traditional bunion removal surgery.

Bunion surgery may also be necessary if the big toe pushes the second toe, causing a painful hammer toe. Dr Bianchi also treats hammer toe with a similar method. Please mention this when you book your consultation at our London Harley Street Bunion Clinic.

Minimally invasive bunion surgery is exclusively available at The Private Clinic of Harley Street under strict supervision of MD. Andrea Bianchi founder of PBS, the team who developed the percutaneous bunion surgery in 1996 and has supervised over 50,000 surgeries since.

Why choose The Private Clinic for Bunion Removal Surgery?

  • Exclusive to The Private Clinic in the UK, there is no other operation like this one.
  • Bunion Removal Surgery is performed under local anaesthesia using keyhole techniques.
  • This is the only natural operation with no metal fixtures such as wires or screws being used.
  • There is a 98% success rate following the bunion operation
  • Mr Bianchi, an expert in his field has been carrying out bunion operations for 15 years
  • Dr Bianchi carries out on average 1,700 bunion operations a year
  • You will be able to bear weight on your foot shortly after surgery when advised to by your surgeon
  • No need for an overnight stay
  • Minimal post-operative pain and aftercare.
  • Treatment carried out in our state of the art London Fitzroy hospital
  • 24 hour patient helpline direct to your nursing team and surgeon, which means should you have any concern we are here to help.
  • Dedicated post-operative care and appointments with your surgeon and nursing team. We are here to give you the best experience.
  • Our excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction, honest advice and outstanding care means your journey with The Private Clinic will be an exciting experience to a newfound confidence.

The Problem

For the majority of people who suffer from bunions, it is the appearance that bothers them and it can make choosing the right shoes or sandals for special occasions a challenge. For others the pain and swelling from bunions can really affect their everyday life, but the downtime associated with bunion removal surgery is often not an option.

Bunion Removal Treatment

Traditionally, surgery for bunion correction involves large 5cm incisions on the outside of the foot and smaller incisions on the inside of the toe that release the tissue. Our minimally invasive technique only requires small 2-3mm incisions and there is no need for fixation devices such as wires or screws which dramatically reduces your recovery time.

Correction treatment for bunions at The Private Clinic begins with a consultation that will allow your surgeon to examine your foot and decide if you are suitable for surgery or not. In some cases a course of medication may be alternatively suggested. Your consultation will also include an x ray of your feet to help establish the extent of your bunion and/or hammertoe.

Once your suitability for surgery has been confirmed you will be given a date for your bunion removal procedure. Local anaesthetic will be applied to the area 20-30 minutes before your procedure is due to begin. You will then have the area washed with a sterile solution and antimicrobial disinfection is carried out.

2 to 3 millimetre incisions are made in the skin and small surgical dental burrs are then used to correct the deformity and reshape the form of the foot. The surgeon will use a special radiological device to help them to see the bones within the foot and the surgical burrs while performing the procedure using keyhole surgery techniques.  Once the surgery is complete your foot will be bandaged up and this is to remain in place until you come in for your post-op check-up after a couple of weeks. You will be encouraged to bear weight on your foot shortly after your procedure to encourage the correct physiological readjustments.


You will see an instant change in the shape of your foot however it will be bandaged so you will not be able to see this until you return for your post-op check after 2 weeks. It may take a few months for your foot to take its final shape but you will be able to walk on it immediately.


You will be able to walk without the use of crutches almost immediately post-surgery.


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    Best Bunion Surgeon London

    We are the UK’s leading cosmetic group and have some of the most experienced surgeons in the country working with us. Consultant general and Orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Bianchi joins us at our London Harley Street Bunion clinic to offer the bunion correction and removal procedure.

    Dr Bianchi carries out 1,700 minimally invasive bunion and forefoot surgery cases a year.

    Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery Cost

    An initial consultation with our expert Orthopaedic surgeon is £200 and this will include a free x-ray of your feet.

    Minimally invasive bunion surgery prices start from;

    £3950 for one bunion or £7,500 for two bunions.

    The price of surgery includes 2 free post operative check ups and free specialised orthopaedic footwear to wear post procedure whilst you are recovering.

    An additional post operative x-ray  will cost £200.

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