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Bunion Surgery

Bunion can cause immense pain and impede movement, it is highly treatable with proper procedures and care. Different kinds of bunions require different surgical procedures. Consult Dr. Ong to learn more about different treatment options.

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Bunion Surgery

Bunion can cause immense pain and impede movement, it is highly treatable with proper procedures and care. Different kinds of bunions require different surgical procedures. Consult Dr. Ong to learn more about different treatment options.

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What Is Bunion Surgery?

Bunion surgery or bunionectomy is performed to remove and treat bunions.

A bunion is a bony swell or bump that forms at the base of your big toe joint. It occurs when the bones in the front portion of your foot move out of place, causing your big toe to shift abnormally close towards your other toes.

As a bunion can be very painful and restrict toe mobility, it is highly recommended to visit a foot and ankle specialist to accurately assess and treat your condition.


Types of Bunion Surgery

  • Exostectomy. Your bunion will be surgically removed during this procedure. Exostectomy is usually done in conjunction with an osteotomy to reposition the affected toe.
  • Osteotomy. Your surgeon will make several small incisions in your bones before placing screws or pins to realign your big toe
  • Arthrodesis. This procedure involves removing any part of the big toe joint that has developed arthritis, as arthritis inflammation can cause bunions. After that, screws will be placed in the toe joint to secure the bones and allow them to heal.
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What Happens After Bunion Surgery?

Bunion surgery is an outpatient procedure, meaning that you can generally return home on the day itself.

The recovery period differs for each person, depending on the severity of the bunion and the extent of the surgery. It will generally take about six to eight weeks to recover after surgery, while full recovery may take up to several months.

What to Expect During the Surgery?

During the surgery, you will be administered an ankle block anaesthesia, which numbs the areas below your ankle.

Afterwards, Dr. Ong will then make a small incision along your big toe and remove the bunion. They may also realign your big toe joint using metal plates or screws. In severe cases, your surgeon may also have to reposition other damaged joints that develop arthritis.

Lastly, your toe will be stitched and bandaged, and you will be brought to the recovery room for monitoring.

How to Prepare for Bunion Surgery?

Prior to bunion surgery, you will have to undergo several diagnostic tests to assess your general health, which may include:

  • X-rays
  • Blood and urine tests
  • Electrocardiogram (check for heart activity)

When Is Bunion Surgery Needed?

The need for a bunion surgery generally depends on the type and severity of the bunion. Different kinds of bunions also require different surgical procedures.

The different types of bunions include:

  • Mild
  • Moderate
  • Severe
  • Arthritic bunion

For mild cases of bunion that do not cause pain, surgery may not be required. However, surgery may be needed for more severe cases of bunion when:

  • Severe pain that disrupts daily activities
  • Non-surgical remedies are not effective
  • Severe toe deformity
  • Chronic big toe inflammation

Why Do Patients Choose Dr Ong Kee Leong?

  • Dr. Ong Is Passionate In Sports, Giving Him A Deep Understanding Of Sports-Related Injuries And How They Can Be Treated
  • Personalised And Professional Approach To Deliver High-Quality Orthopaedic Care Based On The Most Up-To-Date Literature
  • Detailed Aftercare Plan To Ensure Smooth, Long-Term Recovery
  • Fellowship Trained Surgeon With 15 Years Of Experience In Orthopaedic Conditions
  • Problem-Oriented, Well-Organised and Individualized Treatment Plans Catered To Your Specific Needs
  • Specialist In The Management Of Sports Injuries And Degenerative Conditions Of The Shoulder And Knee Joints
  • Knowledgeable And Pleasant Clinical Staff To Assist You With Your Every Need Detailed Aftercare Plan To Ensure
  • Our Care Is Conveniently Accessible At Mount Elizabeth Novena and Farrer Park Hospital
  • Minimal Waiting Time For Initial Consultation
  • Assistance With Medical Claims (e.g. Medisave & Integrated Shield Plans)

“At our clinic, we generally try to explore non-surgical treatment such as activities modification, physiotherapy and orthotics before recommending invasive intervention options.”

Dr. Ong Kee Leong

About Dr. Ong Kee Leong

Senior Consultant, MBBS (Singapore), MMed (Ortho), FRCSEd (Ortho)

Dr. Ong Kee Leong is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon. He subspecializes in shoulder and knee, foot and ankle, hand wrist and elbow surgeries, arthroscopic sports surgery, and the management of sports-related injuries.

He has been registered with the Singapore Medical Council as a specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery since 2011.

  • MBBS, National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Medicine 2001
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2007
  • Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery (NUS) 2007
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Orthopaedic Surgery 2011
  • Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Scholarship, Ministry of Health 2012-2013:
  • Sports Surgery and Arthroscopy in Germany (Hannover)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Lee Kong Chian School Of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University
  • Senior Clinical Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS
Awards & Teaching
  • Dr. Ong had received numerous awards such as Best Service and Eastern Health Alliance Caring (Gold) Awards.
  • He also has an interest in clinical research and has written papers in multiple peer-review journals. As a Core Faculty of Singhealth Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, he oversees the training of junior orthopaedic surgeons.
  • Regularly invited to teach local and regional surgeons in Shoulder and Knee Surgery Courses.
  • He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards including the Singhealth Residency Outstanding Faculty Awards from 2014-2016 and Changi General Hospital Outstanding Educator Awards 2015-2016.

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    Consultation fees are charged based on length of consultation, and start from SGD$150 (within 30 minutes).

    Modes of Payment

    We accept the following modes of payment:

    • Cash
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    If you are insured and would like to use a Letter of Guarantee (LOG) from the major insurers in Singapore, please contact us and our friendly clinic staff will assist you and provide more information if required.

    Can I Claim Through My Medisave Account? (For Singaporeans and PR)

    Yes, you can. Our Clinic is an accredited day surgery clinic by the Ministry of Health. Singaporeans and Permanent Residents may use their Medisave for eligible orthopaedic inpatient procedures and hospitalizations.

    The exact amount would depend on the complexity of the procedure. If you have any enquiries, feel free to speak to our friendly clinic staff about using your Medisave account.

    Integrated Shield Plans (Singaporeans and PRs)

    Yes, patients who have purchased Integrated Shield plans with riders for co-insurance and deductibles will be able to use them in our clinic for eligible procedures. For more information, contact us to find out if your procedure is claimable.

    The 6 Approved Integrated Shield Insurers are:

    • NTUC Income’s IncomeShield and Enhanced IncomeShield
    • American International Assurance International Co’s (AIA) HealthShield Gold
    • Great Eastern Life Assurance Co’s SupremeHealth and SupremeHealth Plus
    • Aviva Ltd’s MyShield
    • Prudential Assurance Co’s PRUShield
    • AXA Shield
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