Hallux valgus surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia. It takes about 20 to 40 minutes and requires an overnight stay in the hospital.
There are different surgical techniques to treat hallux valgus, but osteotomy (double sectioning of the bone) is the most commonly used technique. With this technique, the surgeon cuts the first metatarsal and the first phalanx. The surgeon then moves the bone fragments to reduce the angle between them before fixing them with a staple, screw or pins.