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How long are the fixation screws supposed to be in after having bunion removal surgery?

How long are the fixation screws supposed to be in after having bunion removal surgery?

Can Stay: Internal fixation screws can stay in place indefinitely assuming they are not causing any problems. Rarely if there is pain from the hardware the screws can be removed. ...Read more

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I've had 2 surgeries within 3 days of eachother for bunion removal. My screws keep backing out and bone incongruent. Do I need the joint fused?

I've had 2 surgeries within 3 days of eachother for bunion removal. My screws keep backing out and bone incongruent. Do I need the joint fused?

Screw loose.: Something is not right. Either the fixation was questionable or there was too much activity post surgery. You had better get a second opinion before the situation gets out of hand. Properly done, it would take more than 2 days to fail unless there was aggravating circumstances. Clearly, you would know if your post operative activity was at play here and if not, you should take action accordingly. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if screw breaks after bunion surgery?

Could you tell me what happens if screw breaks after bunion surgery?

Painful, remove it: If a screw breaks after bunion surgery, the time frame after the surgery that it broke and the position of the broken screw will determine if it needs to be removed. If the osteotomy site has not yet healed, it needs to be removal and another one inserted. If the osteotomy has healed, then it is a question as to whether the screw is symptomatic. If it isn't leave it in and monitorits position. ...Read more

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I have bunion surgery a year ago - take screws out, what to do?

I have bunion surgery a year ago - take screws out, what to do?

Usually not needed: Usually screws are left in unless they are causing you discomfort or your surgeon has a good reason for doing so. Discuss with your surgeon. Dr L ...Read more

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Can the staples and screws in feet from bunion surgery be causing pain 6 months after surgery?

Can the staples and screws in feet from bunion surgery be causing pain 6 months after surgery?

Possibly...: If they are really what is causing your pain, they can be removed by the same surgeon who put them in. ...Read more

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Do I need to get the screw taken out of my foot from my bunion surgery?

Not usually: Screws are generally left in place after bunion surgery. Sometimes the screw head is prominent and can be irritated by shoes. Occasionally, even after the bone is healed, there can be a vague aching sensation. This is because the screw and bone flex differently. These would be cases where you would want to consider removal. This is often done through a small incision under local anesthesia. ...Read more

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Can surgical screws come loose? I have a screw in my big toe from a surgery to fix my dislocated big toe and bunion. I feel pain and grating lately.

Can surgical screws come loose? I have a screw in my big toe from a surgery to fix my dislocated big toe and bunion. I feel pain and grating lately.

YES: THEY COULD BECOME LOOSE. IF YOU FEEL PAIN YOU SHOULD SEE YOUR SURGEON ASAP. GET IT REMOVED OR REPLACED IF NEEDED. ...Read more

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I had surgery about 7 years ago, on my foot because I had a bunion and a hammertoe! I have screws now I got cysts in my knees painful walking it screw?

I had surgery about 7 years ago, on my foot because I had a bunion and a hammertoe! I have screws now I got cysts in my knees painful walking it screw?

Hardware: If hardware is painful, it causes pain where the hardware is located, not elsewhere in the body. See your orthopedist for the knee pain good luck. ...Read more

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After bunion surger surgery and removal of cast should I limit walking?

After bunion surger surgery and removal of cast should I limit walking?

Surgery: The right first thing to do is speak to your surgeon about that. We don't know what was done or when it was done. Your surgeon does. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever had foot surgery for bunion removal?

Has anyone ever had foot surgery for bunion removal?

Yes: Foot surgery to correct bunions (bunionectomy) is a common procedure performed successfully for many. You should see podiatric or orthopedic foot & ankle surgeon to determine the proper bunionectomy procedure that is right for you. ...Read more

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I'm having bunion removal surgery in 2 days but bunion area and bottom of feet are peeling. Would that be a problem?

I'm having bunion removal surgery in 2 days but bunion area and bottom of feet are peeling. Would that be a problem?

Varies: There are a lot of possibilities from contact dermatitis, to an area of dry skin or callus related to the bunion, to a systemic reaction to something. I would certainly let your surgeon know as it may be that your surgery may need to be rescheduled if your skin changes are severe. ...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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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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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?

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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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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How will bunion surgery affect my dancing?

8-12 weeks to heal: It wil take 8-12 weeks to heal and could be several months before returning to pre-surgery dance level. It may improve your dancing if the bunions were painful prior to surgery. ...Read more

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How to reduce swelling after bunion surgery?

Bunion swelling: Reduce swelling with ice, elevation, rest, and non weight bearing. ...Read more

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If I have a tailors bunion, when will I have to get surgery?

Tailors bunion: Surgery is indicated if you have pain and life style changes as a result of the tailors bunion. ...Read more

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Can I get rid of a bunion without surgery?

No: There are ways to accommodate the deformity or reduce pain (wider shoes, padding, stretching, etc); however, the bunion deformity itself can not be fixed non-surgically. ...Read more

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Is it safe to skydive after bunion surgery?

Once you are healed: You can skydive after bunion surgery as long as it is far enough out from surgery. You would need to make sure your foot is completely healed before attempting any type of sport that requires use of the feet. However, if you landed too hard or landed wrong you can injure the foot and possibly require further surgery. This could happen whether or not you have had previous bunion surgery. ...Read more

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Can you get rid of a bunion without surgery?

Nice thought.: If you ever find a certifiable way of removing bunions without surgery, let me know. We can patent the process and make a ton of money while helping millions of people. ...Read more

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Do doctors use anesthesia for bunion surgery?

Do doctors use anesthesia for bunion surgery?

Yes: Most bunion surgeries are done with ankle nerve blocks, other options are available as epidural, spinal or general anesthesia. Choice depends on many factors. Your anesthesiologist is your best guide. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to get rid of bunions without surgery?

Other options: There is no way to get rid of hallux valgus without surgery, but pain can be controlled with shoegear change, orthotics, pads. There are many options when doing surgery, and methods improve. Please consult a podiatrist to evaluate. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a bunion! How do I get rid of it without surgery?

See below: There is no non-operative cure, but several things may alleviate symptoms and halt progression: wide, low healed shoes or custom made shoes; orthoses to improve support and alignment; night splinting to improve toe alignment, stretching to maintain joint mobility; bunion pads to decrease irritation; application of ice after activity to decrease inflammation; analgesics. Good luck! ...Read more

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How successful are the results after bunion and hammertoe surgery (98%?, 99%?)?

Good: The outcome of any surgery depends on several things. The right procedure must be chosen, the surgeon, well trained and the patient must be conscientious in following post-op instructions. Retrospective studies put bunion surgery success at ~85% good to excellent results, but that also includes those patients who did things they were told not to do after surgery. Most patients do quite well. ...Read more

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How long does it take to be able to walk or drive a vehicle after bunion surgery?

It depends: Certainly, if the bunion surgery was on your left foot (and you drive an automatic transmission), you can drive almost immediately. The anesthesia has to clear your system and you should not be driving while taking pain meds. If it is your right foot, it depends on the procedure. Usually, I allow my patients to drive about 10 days post-op. It does vary patient to patient. No recreational walking. ...Read more

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