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What is the average full recovery time for tailor bunion surgery? Full recovery means that running is permited. Happy new year!

What is the average full recovery time for tailor bunion surgery? Full recovery means that running is permited. Happy new year!

All depends on: What is done. Sometimes a simple bunionectomy with no cutting shifting over of the metatarsal head and sometimes the metatarsal is cut into to shift the head over. Healing periods will differ. These are questions to discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I had bunion surgery in 2006, two pins were inserted that now need to be removed. How long will the recovery process be and what can I expect?

I had bunion surgery in 2006, two pins were inserted that now need to be removed. How long will the recovery process be and what can I expect?

Short recovery: If the surgery has healed and simply the pins need removing, this should be an outpatient procedure and full recovery in weeks. ...Read more

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Some podiatrists claim next day walking and little pain after bunion surgery, but it seems most people experience lots of pain and given 6 wk recovery times. Does this depend on how bad the bunion is?

Some podiatrists claim next day walking and little pain after bunion surgery, but it seems most people experience lots of pain and given 6 wk recovery times. Does this depend on how bad the bunion is?

A lot depends...: On the severity of the bunion, the procedure performed and the doctor preforming it! Almost all of my patients walk the same day as the surgery. I am also shocked that many say they have little to no pain. Most spend 5 to 6 weeks in a surgical shoe, then back to regular shoes as tolerated. Having sais all this, there are some bunion procedures where you do have to remain non-weightbearing... ...Read more

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I'm having foot surgery for a bunion on my left foot. What should I expect? How long will it be before I can walk and do stuff? What about recovery?

I'm having foot surgery for a bunion on my left foot. What should I expect? How long will it be before I can walk and do stuff? What about recovery?

Depends: It depends on the specific procedure that is done. You will likely need to be off your foot with limited weight bearing and activity for 4 to 6 weeks. You will need to keep your foot elevated. ...Read more

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I had bunion surgery on both feet at the same time 6 months ago and I still have a lot of pain is this normal?

I had bunion surgery on both feet at the same time 6 months ago and I still have a lot of pain is this normal?

Preferable not to: Have the pain. Since, we do not see your foot or x-rays the advice would be to discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I stood a long time today. I had bunion surgery. I have a cast on my foot swelled up. Is that dangerous?

Bunion surgery: If the swelling is too great it can be dangerous. As stated, your best course of action is to see your surgeon sooner than later. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are you awake for bunion surgery?

Bunion surgery: I do not recommend being awake

you can either have general or IV sedation with local block. ...Read more

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What happens during bunions surgery?

What happens during bunions surgery?

Surgical fracture: In most bunion procedures the 1st metatarsal is broken and realigned with screws or pins.
Visit www. Eastpennfoot. Com for more information and request a copy our bunion report. ...Read more

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What is involved with bunion surgery?

Proper planning: Bunion surgery has a good record of success when the correct procedure is chosen. Don't compromise results for convenience. Depending on the severity of deformity, bones may need to be cut, straightened and screws or other fixation used, usually in an outpatient setting. Post-op disability depends on the procedure. A board certified podiatric surgeon can discuss your options further. ...Read more

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How much it cost for bunions surgery?

Cost: The cost varies not only form procedure to procedure but from one insurance company to another. ...Read more

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How do I know if I need bunion surgery?

Pain/function/shoes: If you have prolonged pain, limited function or the inability to participate in activities you enjoy or work you do, cannot wear shoes that you want/need to are common reasons. You may want to try some form of conservative care first to see if this can prevent surgery. Howver, the only way to correct the deformity is with surgery. ...Read more

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Could you tell me about bunion surgery?

Could you tell me about bunion surgery?

Select right surgeon: Most surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis under IV sedation. The type of Bunion surgery depends on a variety of factors: severity of deformity, quality of the joint, patient health, etc. Most can weightbear immediately in a special shoe/boot. Most will be back in a shoe in 4-6 weeks. Will have some swelling for 4-5 months. Visit ACFAS. Org to find surgeon near you. Dr L ...Read more

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What exercises can I do after bunion surgery?

What exercises can I do after bunion surgery?

Must heal: It is important that the surgery be compleatly healed. That said I tell patients they can do seated exercises with weights and machines. ...Read more

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How can I quickly cure bunions without surgery?

How can I quickly cure bunions without surgery?

Bunion surgery.: There are no braces or exercises to get rid of a bunion. If you have it surgically removed, there are several ways your surgeon could go about it. Depending on the angle of your bones (you'll need an x-ray), there are many different procedures to correct your foot. Some involve bone cuts and screws. You'll be swollen for several weeks, but the post-op pain does not last that long. ...Read more

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How long after bunion surgery do I use crutches?

How long after bunion surgery do I use crutches?

Depends.: Depending on your procedure, you may be able to bear weight after surgery, or you may be non-weight-bearing for several weeks after. Ask your surgeon how severe your bunion is, and how aggressive a procedure you need. More aggressive procedures require non-weight-bearing afterward on crutches. ...Read more

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What happens when you get surgery on your bunions?

What happens when you get surgery on your bunions?

Bunion surgery.: There are no braces or exercises to get rid of a bunion. If you have it surgically removed, there are several ways your surgeon could go about it. Depending on the angle of your bones (you'll need an x-ray), there are many different procedures to correct your foot. Some involve bone cuts and screws. You'll be swollen for several weeks, but the post-op pain does not last that long. ...Read more

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Is bunion surgery safe? What are common complications?

Generally yes: Surgery for correcting bunions are commonly performed on an outpatient basis and can provide good results. Like any other surgery, complications such as infection, swelling, pain, recurrence of the deformity, limited motion, excessive scarring can sometimes arise. Talk to your foot surgeon about this. Provide a detailed medical history, and be compliant with all of the postoperative course. ...Read more

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What is a good stage to have bunion surgery? Early on?

What is a good stage to have bunion surgery? Early on?

Depends on symptoms: My recommendation is: if they bother you on a regular basis or... If it limits your activity, then surgery should be considered. Bunions are progressive problems....They don't get better, they only get worse. Meaning, you may be able to reduce the symptoms with better shoes, etc., but the structural deformity gradually gets worse. Dr l. ...Read more

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On a scale of 1 to 10 how bad does bunion surgery hurt?

Different: Everybody has a different pain threshhold. Clearly, a person with a higher pain tolerance will say post-op bunion surgery pain was quite managable. Another important factor is the surgical procedure performed. Some procedures are more involved and therefore have more post-op pain. Either way, your physician should give you the appropriate post-op pain medication based upon these 2 factors. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do one month after bunion surgery?

ROM exercises: Non weight bearing range-of-motion exercises are important to get the function of the joint back to as normal as possible. We start these at the 10 days after surgery in most cases. Discuss these with your foot surgeon to see when you should start. Weight bearing exercise depend on the surgery performed. Dr l. ...Read more

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How does it feel after bunion is healed, after surgery?

Good: Your pain should be gone and you should be able to wear you shoes with comfort. ...Read more

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How old do you have to be in order to have bunion surgery?

How old do you have to be in order to have bunion surgery?

Depends on deformity: Decision to perform surgery depends on a variety of factors. If they bother on a regular basis or limit activity, it is time to consider surgery. Good shoes with support can slow down the process and poor shoes can speed up and/or aggravate the problem. See your podiatrist to discuss options. Visit ACFAS. Org. Dr l. ...Read more

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Bunion surgery --- what are some risks I should be aware of?

Stiffness scarring: No surgery is without risks or possible complications. With bunion surgery, possible complications include: infection, scarring, joint stiffness, transfer soreness to the second metatarsal, prolonged swelling and some recurrence of the deformity. Follow dr's instructions is usually the best advice to limit possible complications. Dr l. ...Read more

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I'm going to see a surgery about my bunions what will happen?

Bunions: First you will need to get weight bearing x-rays. Based on how severe your bunions are your surgeon will discuss procedural options and post operative coarse. ...Read more

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What is a way to remove bunions without having massive surgery?

Surgery: Is only way to remove structural deformity. However, there are other possible treatments to attempt to alleviate symptoms. Discuss with podiatrist. ...Read more

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Why does it look like I have bunions even after a bunion surgery?

Timing: If you have had surgery recently, there may still be some swelling present. If a few months have passed and you still have either a bump, deformity of the toe or both, it is possible the deformity wasn't completely corrected. This may have been due to a poor choice of procedure, but other factors such as scar tissue, residual inflammation and poor patient compliance can also affect the result. ...Read more

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What to do if I was bunion surgery and it's hurting 4 weeks later?

What to do if I was bunion surgery and it's hurting 4 weeks later?

Not unusual: It is common to have some discomfort and swelling for 4-5 months after foot surgery. Usually it will take a year to go through the complete healing process. Don't get discouraged. It should gradually improve over time. Discuss with your surgeon. Follow all directions. Dr L ...Read more

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