The level of risk associated with having bunion surgery is determined by the health of the individual patient as well as the extent of surgery required. In patients who are older and have underlying medical conditions, anesthesia poses some level of risk. In many cases, our patients undergo pre-surgical testing and obtain clearance from their PCP. For younger individuals with less underlying conditions the risks associated with anesthesia are lower. All bunion surgeries are at risk for infection, damage to nerves in the foot or delayed/nonhealing. These risks are all very LOW and if you are discussing bunion surgery with your podiatrist, they can offer more specific information as to the likelihood of any risk becoming a reality. The benefits of bunion surgery must outweigh potential risk in order to proceed.