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A 21-year-old female asked about a 23-year-old female:

How long would it take for feet to heal after getting bunion surgery? can you work a kitchen job after?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 55 years experience
Depends: There r many types of bunion surgery. Some only remove the bump & they get u up & 2 work fast. Some cut & reposition bones & they take longer since the bone must heal.@ 23 u should heal bone fast as long as u have no decreased blood supply 4 some reason. Simple takes 2-4 weeks, osteotomy takes longer, from 8-12 wks 2 recover fully if all goes well this image needs osteotomy.
Dr. Brian Wagner
Podiatry 19 years experience
Bunion: That answer depends on the severity of the bunion deformity and the type of surgical procedure selected. Typically a kitchen job requires standing and walking which would cause a delay in healing and increased post operative swelling. I usually require 4-6 weeks out of work given your job position.
Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 15 years experience
3-6 months: Give yourself time to heal, although some bunion surgeons use several techniques, your bone heals at an average rate and the recovery of soft tissue swelling, healing may take several months until you feel comfortable enough to wear work shoes. Feel free to stop in for a consultation if you'd like further advice.

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