So, you're fed up of that pesky bunion that's been giving you grief for a long time? You've tried all non-surgical options to try to improve it, but nothing's worked? You're ready to part with some of your hard-earned cash to improve your quality of life? Welcome to our bunion surgery cost guide.
If you're looking for information about the surgery itself, the best source we've found is Johns Hopkins Medicine's bunion surgery page, or our procedure page if you want some general information about bunion surgery abroad.
The content and prices in the guide were last updated in July 2019
How much does bunion surgery cost?
The final cost of bunion surgery depends upon the type of surgery being carried out and the extent of the damage to the joint as a result of the bunion. The total cost of bunion surgery includes an orthopedic consultation, an X-ray, and the surgery itself.
In the United States, the average cost of a bunion surgery is in the region of $7,500 (per foot) if you pay out-of-pocket. This can vary hugely from state to state, and can cost as much as $20,000 or as little as $3,000 in some areas.
Taking the average cost as a benchmark, the cost breakdown in the US looks something like this:
- Facility charges: $4,850
- Procedure cost: $2,000
- Anesthesia cost: $650
- Total cost: $7,500
Bunion surgery is available in the UK free-of-charge through the NHS for those who most require it, although waiting times continue to increase.
At a private hospital, the average price quote is approximately £4,400 ($5,500).
Bunion Surgery Abroad
For people who need bunion surgery but are put off by its high price, treatment abroad can be a good option. There are a number of accredited hospitals worldwide offering quality bunion surgery at affordable prices.
Although the thought of surgery in another country may seem daunting, many hospitals provide a range of services to cater for international patients to help make the process as comfortable as possible. Services include translation services, accommodation, airport transfers, and car hire.
Hospitals that care for patients from abroad are also staffed by English-speaking nurses and doctors, whilst the surgeons and specialists have often gained experience internationally.
Here are some examples of bunion surgery costs (in USD) from trusted hospitals in Medigo's network:
- Bunion surgery in Tunisia costs from $1,200
- Bunion surgery in Hungary costs from $1,600
- Bunion surgery in Spain costs from $3,400
- Bunion surgery in Mexico costs from $4,000
- Bunion surgery in Turkey costs from $6,400
What factors affect the cost of bunion surgery?
If you haven't had certain tests recently, you may need them prior to bunion surgery. These include blood counts, a cardiogram, or X-rays.
The type of surgery
This is a huge factor as there are so many options. Some sources say over 100 types of bunion surgery exist, although the most common options are an osteotomy, an exostectomy, or an arthrodesis.
The type of anesthesia
Depending on the type of bunion surgery you receive, you may require Local, regional, spinal, or general anesthesia for the procedure. General and spinal anesthesia require an anesthesiologist be present, which will be more expensive.
Where you live
Research the costs in your area – It may be more affordable to travel to another location to get bunion surgery. (This is why we facilitate
If you're lucky enough to have insurance, keep in mind that different insurance companies have agreements with different hospitals. Make sure you find out about co-pays and deductibles before committing to the surgery.
Most bunion surgeries are out-patient procedures, so patients do not need an overnight stay. But for more difficult cases, an overnight stay is required.
Your personal health
Certain health conditions can make surgery more complicated, which could result in extra costs.
Different types of bunion surgery
Cost-related questions to ask your doctor
If you're ready to commit to surgery, make sure you can answer these questions
- What choices do I have for anesthesia?
- What should I expect when recovering?
- When can I return to work?
- How soon after the surgery will I be able to I drive?
- What complications could there be?
- How much improvement can I expect after surgery?
Are there post-surgery costs?
There may be. Aside from the usual costs like medication and and expenses related to possible complications with surgery, bunion surgery has some less obvious post-surgery costs.
Depending on the type of surgery performed, other costs may need to be factored in:
- Traveling – How soon after surgery will you be able to drive?
- Physiotherapy – Will you need professional help to regain normal functioning of your foot?
- Loss of income – Will you need a significant length of time before returning to work?
Tips to save money on bunion surgery
If you've read this guide but still want some takeaways to help you make a decision, here are our three main tips:
- Do lots of research. Being informed on the available treatment options and comparing the prices of different surgeries and doctors will help you know what's right for you.
- Consider outpatient treatment. If this is an option for you, it would be significantly less expensive than staying in a hospital
- Be open with your doctor. Speaking with your doctor about your financial situation may lead to opportunities you never knew existed, such as interest-free payment plans, discounts, or other, less expensive treatment options.
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