Bunion Surgery

Bunion Surgery

Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery

Current forefoot surgery and in particular Bunion correction is performed through an open incision. This takes time to heal and can have complications e.g infection, prolonged pain and swelling. Mr Palmer performs minimally invasive bunion correction operations in suitable patients through two or three small "percutaneous" or "key-hole" incisions as a day case procedure using new low speed burrs with high torque and a special mini-xray machine. This technique promotes rapid healing and reduced pain and stiffness of the joint with minimal complications. This surgery is performed under a light short anaesthetic. Immediate weight bearing is possible. Healing time is between 4 to six weeks although swelling may last longer.

These techniques are a modernised version of the system popularised in the Daily Mail newspaper as a "five minute procedure" and described on the Channel Four documentary "Embarrassing bodies". These techniques are more advanced as a two level more stable and controllable realignment is acheived. Stabilisation of the fixation is either acheived with a temporary titanum wire or small specially designed bone screws inserted by "key-hole" techniques.

Mr Palmer was one of the only English Surgeons to attend the first meeting of GRECMIP, a society of French Surgeons who have developed these techniques in Bordeaux in 2007. Since then he has continued to developed his skills with French foot surgeons and other leading UK foot surgeons. Mr Palmer is currently undertaking many research studies in these techniques.

Currently Mr Palmer is able to offer bunion correction, cheilectomy for arthritis, bunionette correction (5th toe), lesser toe surgery (hammer toe, claw toe, metatarsalgia) in suitable patients with these keyhole techniques. These techniques are available at Goring Hall Hospital, and the Nuffield Hospitals in Brighton and Chichester in Sussex . Most health insurance companies will cover these procedures.

Download the current NICE recommendations and advice on this new technique here