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Old 16th March 2010, 02:08 PM
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Hi,

I am having surgery next week to correct the bunions on both my feet.
Was wondering if anybody can provide some tips or advice on recovery?


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Old 16th March 2010, 04:14 PM
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As the aftercare period for bunion surgery may be critical to its success, frankly you are potentially asking for real trouble by even thinking about relying on what some patient who has had, at best, two experiences with bunion surgeries steers you toward as far as post surgical procedures are involved. Those one or two time experiences afford them no general expertise, and what seems to have worked well for them, might have not worked for the reasons that patient thinks and, in fact, might be contraindicated for another patient. Not only do bunionectomy procedures vary, along with their appropriate aftercare, but doctors have differing protocols, which, if you wish him/her to really take responsibility for your care and well being, should be followed. If you have chosen your surgeon wisely, rely on him/her and his/her experience to bring you through the procedure with the best result and least difficulty. I just hate it when a patient does something after surgery that someone other than I told him/her to do and then expects me to bail them out when the advice was not appropriate. Be sure that your doctor gives you a full description of what to expect after surgery and how you are to deal with it and consult him/her FIRST if something unanticipated arises.

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Hi there, I too had bunion sugery on both feet in March. The pain was no where as bad as what everyone had made it out to be but don't forget everyone is different and it does depend on what procedure you have. I'm driving now with caution cos i'm still a little tenden on the balls of my feet. The scars are healing great but still a bit sore. I can only wear my flat boots, a berkinstok type flip flop with a solid sole and trainers at the moment. Been back to see the doc and he said I have to wear flats for at least the next 6 weeks. I should be able to wear a small wedge after this but nothing that sqeezes the toes together. Don't think I will be wearing heals any time soon though. It's a bit of a pain but I had the op to releave the pain I was going through. Hopefully by the end of the year I will be wearing heals occasionally but no pointed shoes. The doc did say that they can come back if you do not take care and thats one thing I do not want to go through again. Keep your feet elevated as the swelling does go down quicker. If like me you have 4 kids this is a bit difficult. Good luck. Let us know how it goes.
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The doc did say that they can come back if you do not take care and thats one thing I do not want to go through again.
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In my opinion and experience, bunions which recur after surgery, recur generally because either the procedure did not address the totality of the deformity or the procedure was not technically successful from the get-go. Although I cannot state this categorically, I believe that it would be very difficult to create a hallux valgus deformity in a completely normal foot simply through use or even abuse of the foot. All that being said, as many bunions develop in part because of excessive sub-talar pronation and addressing that is not part of the typical bunionectomy, in patient with obvious excessive pronation I often advise the use of orthotics as a hopefully preemptive and prophylactic measure.

In my experience, your comment that the procedure was not near as bad as one commonly hears is right on target. Of course, those who post here are far more likely to have had less pleasant experiences and those who have had problems with anything talk about them louder and longer than those who have had uneventful experiences.

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I had surgery done on 1 foot mid April 2010 and I just had my cast removed yesterday. I am thrilled with the result. The pain was NO WHERE near as bad as I was expecting. I walked on my foot the evening after the OP, I was on crutches for 2 days and by day 3 I was heel walking (without support).

The worst part for me was the painkillers (they made me sick), so I stopped them pretty quickly. I returned to work - doing computer work & holding phone conferences (from home) 4 days after my surgery. I was able to drive an auto because it was my left foot, so I could collect my children from school etc. By week 5 post OP I was able to present a whole day workshop (stood up for the whole day).

Walking too far was (and still is to some extent) difficult because I am so slow, but that's probably been the most challenging part of the whole experience. Unfortunately my OP didn't get me out of cooking, cleaning or washing - I was still able to do all those normal tasks after the first week (I probably should have dragged this out longer, but my husband & kids were not great at these jobs!)

This is just my experience, but I HTH. I have a smaller bunion on my other foot & if it becomes a problem I would, without doubt, get it fixed.
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I've had 2 bunion surgeries and here is what I found to help...

1. Stay on top of your pain meds the first few days! Don't let it get bad than have to compensate to make up for the pain...also, sometimes plain old Motrin helps better than the prescription stuff. And usually you can alternate it with the prescription stuff...just check with your Dr. first.

2. ICE!!!! Ice is your friend!

3. Elevation. Keeping your foot above your heart helps a lot.

4. Follow your Dr.'s orders to a T and if you are confused about anything call them ASAP. There is a reason they give you the instructions they do

5. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Enlist older kids, spouse, parents, friends...let them help with the housework and yardwork and such.

Prepare as much as possible before the surgery...I like to make some meals and freeze them since no one else in the house can cook lol. I made sure I got my hair done and eyebrows waxed since I wasn't sure when I'd be able to get to doing that again. I got the house, laundry and yard in good order as well, including paying all the bills so I'd be able to relax knowing everything was in order. I went to the library and took out some books and purchased some magazines to occupy my time in recovery.

My bed is king sized and difficult to get in and out of, so I used the pull out couch. This also insured no accidental kicks from the husband in bed at night. The morning of my surgeries, I woke early and put the sheets and mattress pad on the pull out so I could go strait to laying down when I came home from the hospital.

After the surgery, I couldn't get my bandages wet for several weeks. I found bathing in the tub with my foot/feet over the edge was great and washed my hair in the kitchen sink with the help of my husband or daughter. If you do decide to wrap up in plastic and brave the shower, a plastic lawn chair in the shower will give you a place to sit so you aren't on your feet for too long.

Sorry this is so long..but I'm a little OCD about being prepared LOL Good luck with your surgery! I hope it all goes well
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my apologies! I didn't realize this was an old post that had been bumped!
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Acute Bunion It is caused by a sudden growth of a fluid in the big toe called Busra. Busra decreases the friction between the skin and bone; thus resulting in continuous irritation and pain. This is acute bunion,The bunion surgery recovery process varies from case to case. The surgery involves a small incision been done in the foot. The doctor removes the bunion out. Then the realignment of the bone is done. After the realignment, the operated part is stitched and covered with bandages. If it's a mild bunion it would be removed and the toe would be stitched. The recovery process of the surgery normally takes six weeks.Take the medicines the doctor has prescribed you. Pain killers can be taken if there is severe pain but consult a doctor beforehand. Try to keep an icepack on the foot for the first 48 hours after the surgery; this will minimize the swelling. Avoid showering till the stitches dry up. Make sure the stitches don't get wet as this may cause infection. Whenever you are showering or bathing try to keep the operated foot covered. Too much walking is not advised; let the stitches heal. Then you can gradually increase your walking time. Get your bandages changed every week. Most patients are advised to wear a surgical shoe. Ask the doctor if you can go to a physical therapist to gain maximum benefit. Start wearing shoes after the stitches have healed. Tight and high heeled shoes are a strict no no; they can be worn after six months. Consult a doctor beforehand.
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I don't know...from what I've been reading re different post-op bunion surgery experiences I've come to the following conclusions:
1. I am blessed w/a fantastic podiatric surgeon
2. I must have an unusually high-level pain threshold
3. Even though I am a 56yr. old woman-mother of 5, g.mother of 6, my body heals extremely rapidly from any type of surgery/injury (I've had many of both)
4. After years of enduring progressively ugly & painful bunions, bunionettes & hammertoes, it is an absolute JOY to not have these afflictions. 48hrs. of post-op pain (I didn't even need pain meds other than ibuprofen after the 1st 48) was a very small price to pay for such great rewards! I had both feet & each toe completely operated on in 3 sep. surguries. I was able to walk in post-op shoes w/out crutches (used a cane for 2 or 3 days); by the time the sutures were removed (again, I can't believe how many people said how painful THAT was-to me just slight pinching) I was fully & actively mobile. The only thing I had to do was make an effort to stay OFF mt feet so the swelling could subside.
5. I think overall body condition plays a big role in the recovery experience.
6. Although I will do all the necessary aftercare to make sure the conditions won't reoccur, I'd do it again in a heartbeat!
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i had mine done 5 days ago i didnt listern to what the docs told me to do and as a result i am in bed and cant move my foot or walk on it i know now why docs tell ya what to do its for your own sake not theirs xx
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i had mine done 5 days ago i didnt listern to what the docs told me to do and as a result i am in bed and cant move my foot or walk on it i know now why docs tell ya what to do its for your own sake not theirs xx
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I had bunion surgery in June. I followed what little care advise I was given. Kept it elevated fir 6 wks. Was released for activity in September, and suffer a TIA. My after care should have included compression hoe or blood thinner. So please be advised, your interview should include an extensive aftercare instructions.
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I had surgery about 3 weeks ago, on both of my feet. As a lot of people have said, the pain wasn't nearly as worse as everyone had said, and I have a small pain tolerance. I've been walking for a week with no support. Although it helps that I'm 18, and the younger you are the faster you heal, I was given 3-4 more weeks until I can start doing the regular things I did. Last Thursday, my doctor told me I could get out of my post op shoes and start wearing crocks (the rubber shoes). He also told me the swelling wouldn't go away for another 2 months, but my feet have gone down in swelling in an astonishing amount just from the past week. I am over-satisfied with my results! Hope it works the same for you!
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OK so what I have been doing is staying on top of my pain medication by taking it at the scheduled even if my feet haven't started hurting yet, trust me its easier to do this instead of waiting for there to be pain, and with all the people saying it didn't hurt as much as they were told it was going to, I now we all heal differently but for me he pain was the worst sensation i couldv'e imagined, the pain pills worked but when i didn't take my meds ahead of time the pain was pretty unbearable!!! OH and don't forget to elevate your feet(very important for swelling matters)
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[quote=Unregistered;30756]Hi,

I am having surgery next week to correct the bunions on both my feet.
Was wondering if anybody can provide some tips or advice on recovery?


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i just got surgery on tuesday and im doing preety good no pain at all its just tiring not being able to move all around it does get frustrating.
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I just had bilateral bunion surgery 8 weeks ago. Advise on recovery is to have help at home. Keep off your feet except to use the restroom for the first three to four weeks. Elevate and ice will be your best friend. Vicoden for pain and dont skip the recommended dose, keep on top of the pain. Ice on every 15 min, ice off every 15 min for the first 24 hours after surgery. Second day ice every hour for 15 minutes. After surgery expect lots of swelling and bluish toes. Always wear post op shoe when standing / walking. The best advise is to stay off your feet, elevate feet higher than your heart, ice and more ice with prescribed pain meds. This is quite a surgery to recover from, one that requires a lot of patients. I slept in a recliner because I knew I wouldn't be able to elevate my feet as well as I could in bed. I am glad I did both feet at the same time. Results are worth the surgery. Best of luck to you. It will be well worth it once you recover.
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I am having surgery next week to correct the bunions on both my feet.
Was wondering if anybody can provide some tips or advice on recovery?


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I had a SCARF osteotomy of the left foot 2 days ago and let me tell you it is the most painfull experience of my life so far (and ive broken my right leg tip and fib before). Its not a constant pain and is more like there is a red hot pole in my foot that throbs and with each throb expands and becomes hot. It feels like something is EATING my foot from the inside out its not pleasant. I have kept it elavated, done toe exercises which the doctors showed me and kept ontop of the meds. Unfortunately none of this seems to be helping so its going to be another trip to the doctors to see about the possibility of different meds as co-codamol doesnt seem to be having any effect.

My advice:
Dont be alone. If you have people in your house/flat with you make sure that they are just that, with you.
Keep taking your meds as instructed, dont wait for it to hurt before you take them. You will regret it when the pain hits you.
Elevation. Elevation. Elevation.
Try to move around every now and then even if it hurts. The circulation is important.
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Hi,
I had bunion surgery about 1 week ago, one foot. It was a lapidus procedure so the 1st metatarsal bone was fractured surgically and aligned. So far, I am doing very well. Minimal pain, only used it for 2 days and then motrin. I am icing it very frequently with elevation. The hardest part for me is keeping down. I am very active and miss my gym and work activities. It will come soon enough, but that part is harder for me than any other part of the surgery. Hope you are doing well, by now and like your new feet ( or foot).
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OK so what I have been doing is staying on top of my pain medication by taking it at the scheduled even if my feet haven't started hurting yet, trust me its easier to do this instead of waiting for there to be pain, and with all the people saying it didn't hurt as much as they were told it was going to, I now we all heal differently but for me he pain was the worst sensation i couldv'e imagined, the pain pills worked but when i didn't take my meds ahead of time the pain was pretty unbearable!!! OH and don't forget to elevate your feet(very important for swelling matters)
I had a bunion removed on May 9th (I'm 72 and a walker which is why I decided to get it done since it was beginning to interfear with my morning walk routine) and it has been the worse experience I have ever had. Have help at home so no problem with following doctors advice to elevate, use ice and stay off the foot for the first week. Pain meds pretty much are useless, have had as much success with Tylenol. I have no stiches to be removed (came out on their own) and the wound look like it's healing well, but have sharp shooting pains at random and can bearly walk (the boot helps with the walking, but can't leave it on too long). Pretty much staying off it and laying in bed....don't see the doctor until June 4th, sure hope it's feeling better by then. I have a pretty high tolerance for pain but will never go through this again!
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It appears as if really does depend largely on one's general health how soon one recovers. I had pain when exercising and the podiatrist told me that I had a bunion. I did not even know what that was. I did extensive research on bunions. I could not find running shoes or hiking boots to fit so I asked the podiatrist to remove the bunion. I had two bones cut and two pins and screws. I had absolutely no pain and did not take any medication. I was working from home on the third day. I am in my late sixties and the podiatrist assumed it would be worse than it was. Initially he told me it would be six weeks before I could drive as it was on my right foot. After three weeks he told me that I could drive!! During the first three weeks I had someone drive me to the supermarket and I enjoyed driving round on the scooter.

I was told that I could start to wear sneakers and start off by walking one hour and increasing it by one hour each day. I was surprised that this hurt for the first time so I took Ibuprofen. I find that my foot swells up if I walk too much but this is starting to improve. I try to walk normally as I found that the arch of my foot was weak. It is nearly 5 weeks after the operation and the pain from walking and swelling is starting to subside. I'm doing exercises to improve the range of motion of my toe as well as using cream to massage and reduce the scar. I'm trying resist the temptation actually stand on my toes to increase the range of motion but I will try that in a weeks time.
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I have a question....I had my surgery done on 6/15/12 on both feet. I am very pleased with the lack of pain and the recovery process. I did not have to have pins, but the doctor did shave down the bones and cut the tendon between the big toe and one next to it. The left one was worse than the right one - it built up vertically not horizontally. That one was the worst. My right one, however, is the one I have the question about: it doesn't appear to have been shaved down as much as I would have suspected. Will it take a while for it to look flat? It still bumps out. I'm a little worried that, even though the pain is not as bad as I thought it would be, the doctor did not do enough. Any thoughts?
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Had surgery 3weeks ago. Bone shaved cut realigned set with bio screw. Pain was intense for next 2days. Followed Md advice...ice elevation stayed off of it. Still hobbling on surgical shoe and cane. Stitches out but still wont let me shower because I need bandage to keep alignment. Next week getting boot and upgrade activity level. Am rapidly losing calf muscle. My advice is to choose the right surgeon and follow his or her advice. As has been stated previously there are many variations of this surgery. We can only share our stories. Don't hesitate to ask questions well beforescheduling surgery so you can plan accordingly. You will need help...I needed it for first 2 weeks. I had adverse reaction to pain medicine that caused setback. Take it a day at a time and follow doctors advice...even if it is frustrating! Also, don't be bullied into doing more than you should. My Md is cautious, and people arectelling me to ignore him and resume activities! I do not want to compromise my recovery. Good luck everyone!
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Hey, I just got surgery earlier today, n it's because my bunion is so crossed over. They cut into my growth plate so it could go over for the best of my feet. (btw, i'm 11) They just did the right foot because the procedure was more "in depth". I have a certified podiatrist who Makes me laugh all the time and he is also a doctor who knows what he talks about. I currently have a cast up to my knee, I need crutches, and I just woke up from crashing. The pain medicine/antibiotics really help. Just keep your cast clean and keep your feet elevated with an ice pack under the knee where it bends, 20 min on/20 min off. Just do what your doctor says, and you'll be just fine, since you're getting this from an 11 yr old lol


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Last year, I had a Bunion surgery and my doctor told me to not walk without a supportive foot gear. He recommended me to a physical therapist and bought a comfortable shoes. Anyway, you can also do exercises but it is always best to ask your doctor on what and what you can't do.
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I had bunion surgery on Thurs., 7/26/12. It was a breeze, especially compared to the 1st surgery I had in 1996. I started on Vicodin that night, but started breaking it in half. That stuff is just too strong! I have a screw in and I was on crutches for the 1st week. I noticed no one mentioned a Biocryo Cold Compression Therapy System. My dr recommended it and it was covered by my insurance. It has helped tremendously with pain management. Ask your dr about it. It should arrive a few days before surgery.

Now I have to work on exercising the foot. That's very painful and Aleve is just not doing the job. What kind of exercises is everyone doing and how soon did you start?
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Great to read all the responses. I'm having bunion surgery next month and while I feel confident that my doctor knows what he's talking about and he says my procedure will be simple; I'd like to have both feet done at the same time. He suggests I get the left foot done later (within the coming year). I know people (and having read some of your posts) where it seems like there is no real disadvantage (other than the added inconvenience) in healing of both at the same time; and I guess having one foot to balance on when up and about. ???? I guess...but I'd really like to be done with it.
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I had my bunion removed two day's ago it hurts so bad if I would have known I wouldn't had this done. Omg the pain meds or not working and neither is the ice.
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I have a question....I had my surgery done on 6/15/12 on both feet. I am very pleased with the lack of pain and the recovery process. I did not have to have pins, but the doctor did shave down the bones and cut the tendon between the big toe and one next to it. The left one was worse than the right one - it built up vertically not horizontally. That one was the worst. My right one, however, is the one I have the question about: it doesn't appear to have been shaved down as much as I would have suspected. Will it take a while for it to look flat? It still bumps out. I'm a little worried that, even though the pain is not as bad as I thought it would be, the doctor did not do enough. Any thoughts?
I had bunion surgery two years ago on my left foot and all the doctor did was shave the bone and cut the tendon between the big toe and the one next to it. The bunion was never completely gone and after about a year, the pain was back. Five weeks ago today I had surgery again. This time another doctor cut my toe and put pins inside in addition to shaving the bunion off. I was in a surgical shoe for two weeks, then he put me in a boot. It is better but swells and is very tender. I cannot wear a regular shoe so I am back in the surgical shoe. I know it took forever to be able just to wear a soft flat shoe when I had my first surgery. Crocs was really the only shoe that I was able to wear. I am hoping that I will be able to get into some other type of shoe soon. Hope you have better luck than I did with my first surgery!
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I just had bunion surgery (on my right foot) last thursday (August 30th) and have had nothing but pain since. I have pain when I try walking...or hobbling as I call it! I am still taking pain meds (tramacet). I just had my bandages changed today and the doctor said it looks great and is healing very well. My only thought is that I must not have a very high tolerance for pain - which is weird, cause I thought I did. My foot burns and throbs so bad, it feels like it's on fire sometimes. It does help with the ice and the elevation.....so looks like alot more rest in the future.
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I am on my 4th day post op. I had both feet operated on both big toes and outside of each small toe. First bit of advice, stay on top of pain meds!! Take the first dose right when you get home. I waited until the pain kicked in to take my meds and let me tell you - when that local anestetic completely wears off, the pain is close to ubearable!! I don't claim to have a high threshold for pain, but I can handle a decent amount of pain, and the first night after surgery was difficult in terms of pain. Second day was very uncomfortable and then on pretty minimal. I have stayed off my feet except to go to the bathroom as my doctor requested and I am happy I followed his instructions. The pain is has diminished tremendously. Every one in a while I will get some uncomfortable stabbing pains, but compared to day one, it is no problem. I have kept my feet elevated constantly and the swelling is not so bad. I am still icing. If I could do it over again, I would have iced more (15 mins on, 15 mins off consistently) during the first 24. I am happy with the recovery so far and plan to remain off my feet as much as possible during the first few weeks as my doctor suggested.
I heard horror stories about this surgery and was quite frightened prior to surgery. So far, I am quite pleased and I beleive my satisfaction is attributed to selecting a proven doctor and following is instructions.
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