Bunionectomy (Exostectomy)

What is a bunionectomy, and how is it performed?

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What Is a Bunionectomy?

A bunionectomy is an outpatient surgical procedure used to treat the painful symptoms of a bunion. The goal of this procedure is to address the bony deformity in the big toe and realign the toe in the correct anatomical position.

The Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeons at OrthoNeuro are experts in bunionectomy procedures and have helped thousands of patients return to an active and healthy lifestyle following this procedure.

How Is a Bunionectomy Performed?

At OrthoNeuro, Bunionectomy procedures are performed as an outpatient procedure so that you can return home the same day as your procedure.

Depending upon the severity of your bunion, and the recommendation of your OrthoNeuro Foot and Ankle Surgeon, there are several approaches to this procedure:

  1. Soft Tissue Repair. Tissues around the toe are tightened or loosened to help perfectly align the joint. Soft tissue repair is typically performed along with a bony procedure, such as an osteotomy.
  2. Osteotomy. Small cuts shape bone and realign the joint. Screws and metal plates are used to hold the bone and joint in place. Osteotomies are often performed in conjunction with a soft tissue procedure similar to the one described above.
  3. Lapidus Procedure. The Lapidus procedure is a type of fusion of the first TMT joint that decreases the movement of that joint and straightens out the first metatarsal and toe. This procedure is used to treat bunions caused by first TMT joint hypermobility.
  4. Arthrodesis. Severe bunions and severe arthritis are treated by removing arthritic bone and then fixating healthy bone using screws and plates.
  5. Exostectomy. Usually performed as part of a larger procedure, an exostectomy is used to remove bony bumps over the joint. 
  6. Resection Arthroplasty. A damaged joint is partially removed or resected. 

After any of these procedures, the foot is placed in a boot, a splint, or special shoes and walking crutches may be used for several weeks.

Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Specialist Today!

If you have been considering a bunionectomy, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus. 

Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.

Foot, Ankle, and Podiatry Specialists

If you have an acute injury or live with chronic foot and ankle pain in Call OrthoNeuro today or make an appointment online for expert foot and ankle care in Columbus, Ohio.

Nicholas A. Cheney, DO, FAOAO

Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon

Jeffrey E. Gittins, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

Ralph J. Napolitano Jr., DPM, CWSP, FACFAS


Very nice staff. They got me in and out quickly, had to get surgery, and they made sure that was all set up and aftercare was clear

Dena T.