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What is the recovery period from a bunionectomy?

What is the recovery period from a bunionectomy?

AVERAGE OF 2 MONTHS: Bunion surgery usually fully heals in 6 to 8 weeks. That's usually an average. Most people heal in 4-6 weeks. A small percentage heat in the 12-14 week range. ...Read more

Dr. Mathew John
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Bunion Removal (Definition)

Bunion removal, bunionectomy, or correction of bunion deformity all refer to the same group of surgical procedures. Depending on how severe the deformity is a determination is made as to which procedure would work best. A bunion deformity is a deviation of the 1st metatarsal towards the opposite foot and of the great toe towards the outside of the foot. Correction can involve ...Read more


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How long does a bunionectomy take?

How long does a bunionectomy take?

Depends on procedure: There are various types of bunionectomy procedures that can be performed. The procedure time can vary from just a few minutes to one to two hours. ...Read more

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What to expect from a bunionectomy?

What to expect from a bunionectomy?

Rest and relax: Immediately after bunion surgery your best bet would be to rest and elevate your feet. Post operative pain will be less if you limit the swelling by elevating the feet. Keep the bandage dry and clean and follow you doctors' instructions. ...Read more

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What is a bunionectomy? Does it hurt?

What is a bunionectomy? Does it hurt?

Rest and relax: Immediately after bunion surgery your best bet would be to rest and elevate your feet. Post operative pain will be less if you limit the swelling by elevating the feet. Keep the bandage dry and clean and follow you doctors' instructions. ...Read more

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What should I do after a bunionectomy?

What should I do after a bunionectomy?

Listen to your doc!: General principles after bunionectomy include rest, ice, elevation, keeping the dressing dry, and taking pain medication as needed. However, for specific instructions, you need to check with your surgeon as the post-surgery protocols can vary greatly depending upon the exact bunonectomy performed, how the surgery went, and how the surgeon manages his patients. ...Read more

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What can I expect from a bunionectomy?

What can I expect from a bunionectomy?

Narrower foot: Following a bunionectomy your forefoot will be a bit more narrow and you may fit more comfortably into your old shoes once the swelling subsides. ...Read more

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How does one prepare for a bunionectomy?

How does one prepare for a bunionectomy?

Pre op evaluation: X-rays, lab work bio mechanical exam, and a general history and physical. ...Read more

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What can go wrong during a bunionectomy?

What can go wrong during a bunionectomy?

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: The list is long, but most people do well. No surgeon has 100% success with any procedure. For me, personally, probably overcorrection, undercorrection, post-op stiffness, and infection are the ones I see most often. But again, most people do well if they listen to their doctor post-op. ...Read more

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How long does the lapidus bunionectomy take?

An hour or so: Lapidus procedure can take one hour to a hour and a half. ...Read more

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What are some effects of having a bunionectomy?

What are some effects of having a bunionectomy?

Effects?: I think you are asking about side effects. The most common is a soft tissue infection from the surgery, then failure of the implant and then avascular necrosis of the bone. Basically, the side effect of surgery can also be reaction to anesthesia (both general and local) as well. Breakdown of the incision line, and delayed healing are also side effects. ...Read more

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After having a bunionectomy, can I wear high heals?

After having a bunionectomy, can I wear high heals?

Yes: Once the swelling subsides and the range of motion increases in the great toe joint, most patients can wear most any shoe including heels. ...Read more

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Which are things that can go wrong during a bunionectomy?

Which are things that can go wrong during a bunionectomy?

Bunionectomy: There are many bunionectomy procedures and each can have their potential complications. Generally, these are rare and compliance with post-op instructions is very important. Possible complications: infection, slow healing of bone or soft tissue, failure of the fixation (screws, pins, plates, etc), over-correction, under-correction of the deformity, anesthesia issues (any surgery). ...Read more

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After a bunionectomy, will it hurt when the pins come out?

Not usually: It is possible but most often little to no pain is involved. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a bunionectomy to totally heal?

How long does it take for a bunionectomy to totally heal?

Depends: On procedure, age and healing ability. Bone normally takes 6 weeks to heal if stabilized properly. ...Read more

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I had a bunionectomy and what should I expect from now on?

I had a bunionectomy and what should I expect from now on?

Narrower foot: Following a bunionectomy your forefoot will be a bit more narrow and you may fit more comfortably into your old shoes once the swelling subsides. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pain 9 months after double bunionectomy?

What to do if I have pain 9 months after double bunionectomy?

Stretch and see dr: Depending on the procedure done, you may have occasional pain up to a year after surgery. However stretching exercises help regain movement of the great toe.
The physician who did your surgery should be able to give you the exercises you need and also check to make sure the surgery has healed correctly. ...Read more

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Should I expect to do light stationary bicycling after a bunionectomy?

Should I expect to do light stationary bicycling after a bunionectomy?

Maybe: This needs to be determined by your surgeon, noone else. Post op activity depends on the type of bunionectomy and your health status. ...Read more

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Is it normal for me to be having pain 9 months after double bunionectomy?

Is it normal for me to be having pain 9 months after double bunionectomy?

No: Not normal. You need to ask your surgeon why you have pain and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I still have pain 9 months after double bunionectomy. Should I be concerned?

I still have pain 9 months after double bunionectomy. Should I be concerned?

Yes: See your surgeon for evaluation to make sure everything is OK with surgeries and healing. Additionally, more supportive shoes and orthotics may alleviate symptoms. ...Read more