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How many days of moderate pain will I have after a bunionectomy?

How many days of moderate pain will I have after a bunionectomy?

May not be moderate.: You may have limited, moderate, or severe pain depending on the procedure and on you pain tolerance. ...Read more

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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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Am considering bunionectomy for moderate bunion. Dr wants to use a screw and I am opposed. is there any way to cut and realign bone without using scr?

Am considering bunionectomy for moderate bunion.  Dr wants to use a screw and I am opposed. is there any way to cut and realign bone without using scr?

PROBABLY, BUT....: There are many ways to cut the bone, to fix the bunion. Thinking of the various osteotomies, I think all can be stabilized with K-wires, which can be removed later. The advantage to screws is that they really compress the bone together; K-wires don't provided compression, only hold the bone together. Also, there are "dissolving" pins or screws; ask your surgeon if this is an option. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 8wk post op bunionectomy. I Still have significant swelling in my big toe area with moderate stiffness. My doc says this is normal? Opinions?

Hi I'm 8wk post op bunionectomy. I Still have significant swelling in my big toe area with moderate stiffness. My doc says this is normal? Opinions?

Without seeing: Xrays and examining your foot difficult to say. I would ask the doc a few questions. 1) is there something we can do to reduce this swelling? Do you think I need physical therapy? 2) do you feel dynamic motion would help? ...Read more

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I am having a bunionectomy in two days. I took 6 days off from work-is that long enough for this procedure?

I am having a bunionectomy in two days. I took 6 days off from work-is that long enough for this procedure?

It depends: Some procedure are complex and will require long periods of immobilization. Consult with you doctor as to how long you will need to take off. ...Read more

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I had a bunionectomy 5 days ago. The doctor told my husband and i that he would give me more pain meds for it. Are there any drawbacks?

I had a bunionectomy 5 days ago. The doctor told my husband and i that he would give me more pain meds for it. Are there any drawbacks?

Not severe.: Yes, recovering from surgery can be painful, but the more you elevate after surgery, the less you swell, and the less you swell, the less you hurt. Your surgeon will give you a boot or shoe, and pain medication, too: don't be afraid to take what has been prescribed by your surgeon. Most common side effects to the pain meds are sleepiness or some nausea. Take the meds with food to prevent this. ...Read more

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I had a bunionectomy a month ago. The pins in my foot were removed 2 days ago. What sort of pain will i experience in the coming days while i recover?

Very little!: Pin removal is usually a pretty easy, uncomplicated process. It's done in the office and after several weeks the pins are "ready" to come out, meaning your surgeon doesn't have to work very hard to remove them, and it shouldn't cause you too much pain. Discomfort from pin removal is usually gone with a day! ...Read more

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Is a fever post op normal? I am 5 days post op bunionectomy, osteotomy, dislocation repair. I had a fever of 99.0, 99.4, 99.6 and now it's 100.1

Is a fever post op normal? I am 5 days post op bunionectomy, osteotomy, dislocation repair. I had a fever of 99.0, 99.4, 99.6 and now it's 100.1

No, that's not norm-: Al. Check with your surgeon asap. Either you have an infection or have some infection elsewhere. Have it seen to, urgently. ...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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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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How effective is a bunionectomy osteotomy?

How effective is a bunionectomy osteotomy?

Effective: A bunionectomy osteotomy is pretty effective and stable on it's own. Fixation with screws makes it very stable. ...Read more

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What should I do after a bunionectomy surgery?

What should I do after a bunionectomy surgery?

Bunion surgery. : I would elevate your foot as you can, ice the foot and ankle often, take your pain medication as prescribed and follow your surgeon's specific instructions. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long will i take pain medicine after a bunionectomy?

How long will i take pain medicine after a bunionectomy?

Really depends...: Most people don't need to take the narcotic analgesics very long, but they often switch to an anti-inflammatory agent soon after the surgery. ...Read more

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Cant wear heels after bunionectomy. Is there something wrong?

Cant wear heels after bunionectomy. Is there something wrong?

Loss of motion: If you can't wear heels after bunion surgery often the reason is that the great toe joint does not have enough range of motion. After a bunionectomy scar tissue can bind down the great toe joint leaving it stiff. You will need physical therapy and often a dynamic splint such as a dynasplint to get the motion back and then after several months you should be able to wear heels again. ...Read more

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I had bunionectomy chevron with no screws. When can I bear weight?

Unsure: Was there any fixation used? Like pins/kwires that cross each other? Are you in a cast? Did your doctor gove you crutches? I would recommend you not bear weight for three weeks. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a bunionectomy and a cheilectomy?

What are the differences between a bunionectomy and a cheilectomy?

A cheilectomy : Is when the doc simply removes some spurring and this is usally for a hallux limitus deformity. With hallux limitus the spurring is usually dorsally. A bunionectomy is removal of bunion which is usually medially (on the side). ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between a bunionectomy and a cheilectomy?

See below: There are many types of bunionectomy procedures of which a cheilectomy is one type. ...Read more

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What is the procedure to have a bunionectomy pin removed? Is it another surgery?

What is the procedure to have a bunionectomy pin removed? Is it another surgery?

Technically: it is another "surgery" and requires anesthesia however it is considered "minor" compared with the bunionectomy itself! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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