What is Bunion Removal Surgery?

Bunions are also known as unilateral hallux valgus correction.

In minimally invasive surgery there are several incisions of approximately 3mm. Very fine burrs are used to make tiny precise bone cuts to allow the surgeon to correct the bunion deformity with minimal damage to the surrounding tissue.

Self Pay Surgery Costs for Bunion Removal at Mulgrave Private Hospital

Self Pay Surgery Package for Bunion Surgery Includes:
  • Hospital charges from admission to discharge
  • Surgeon fee
  • Assistant Surgeon fee
  • Anaesthetist fee
  • Prosthesis
  • Medications prescribed in hospital relating to surgery
  • Follow up review with surgeon
  • Individualised recovery plan

Bunion Removal Surgery at Mulgrave Private Hospital



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Bunion Removal Surgery wait time in public hospitals in Australia

Public Wait time can be up to

0 days *

The Public health system in Australia has a waiting period for Surgeries - 90% of Patients waited this length of time for this procedure in the 2019/2020 calendar year.

Bunion Removal Surgery


Who Is Bunion Removal For?

If you have a bunion that is causing pressure and pain, surgery should straighten your big toe and make your foot fit more comfortably into a normal shoe.

What are the benefits of a Bunion Removal?

After bunion surgery, most patients have less foot pain and are better able to participate in everyday activities. 

What happens During Surgery?

Your surgeon will discuss with you which of the following procedures the operation is likely to involve. For example, removing the bunion, releasing the tight ligaments and tightening stretched ligaments. The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic. The operation usually takes 30 minutes to an hour.

How long will I stay in hospital?

Depending on the time of your operation you may be able to go home the same day, otherwise you will stay in hospital overnight.

What is my recovery time?

The aim to get you walking day on day one.

You are fitted with a special post-operative shoe that helps put most of your weight through the heel rather than the front of your foot. You will be in this shoe for about 6 weeks. 

You will expect some postoperative pain and swelling, and the pain starts to improve after a day or so. You are advised not to do any heavy lifting or strenuous activities for 6 weeks after which you can gradually return to full duties.

Meet the Surgeons

Mr Ruban Ambikaipalan, Surgeon for Self Pay Surgery at Mulgrave Private Hospital
Dr Ruban Ambikaipalan

Dr Ruban Ambikaipalan is an experienced Orthopaedic Surgeon with a special interest in Hip and Knee surgery as well as managing fractures and soft tissue injuries in both the upper and lower limbs. He also has a special interest in Robotic and Computer Navigated surgery as well as using minimally invasive approaches to assist in early post operative recovery.


SURGERY - criteria

Do you qualify for This Self Pay Procedure?

You are suitable for this surgery if:

  • You are over 16 years of age
  • You are not pregnant
  • You do not require complex rehabilitation or have a chronic disease that would require immediate post-operative care in an intensive care unit
  • You do not have sickle cell anaemia, renal failure or have had a cardiac arrest or cardiac intervention (e.g. insertions of stents) in the last six months

Mulgrave Private Hospital

Mulgrave Private Hospital is an acute medical and surgical hospital conveniently located in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

With 226 registered beds, a 24 hour Emergency Department, state of the art cardiac services and a wide range of on-site medical, surgical and allied health services, Mulgrave Private Hospital has more than 35 years’ experience
providing healthcare to our community.

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If you’re looking for ways to pay for your surgery, there are options available with Self Pay Surgery. You may be able to use your own superannuation or obtain finance. 


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