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Im 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?

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Dr. Nolan Segal
Orthopedic Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Nolan Segal
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Dr. David Laha
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on procedure

For most bunion surgeries, you can expect to be in some type of surgical shoe, boot, cast, etc for 4-6 weeks with limited activity.
Most are starting back into a supportive, comfortable shoe at the six week mark, sometimes soon/later. We will usually let patients start non weightbearing activity as soon as they are into a shoe. Most will be back to most of their regular activity in 3 months. Dr l.

In brief: Depends on procedure

For most bunion surgeries, you can expect to be in some type of surgical shoe, boot, cast, etc for 4-6 weeks with limited activity.
Most are starting back into a supportive, comfortable shoe at the six week mark, sometimes soon/later. We will usually let patients start non weightbearing activity as soon as they are into a shoe. Most will be back to most of their regular activity in 3 months. Dr l.
Dr. David Laha
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
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In brief: Discuss with your Dr

These are really all questions that you should discuss with your surgeon.
There are many ways to address a bunion and recovery can therefore range from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Time to weight bearing can also vary this widely. Before you undergo any procedure, you should be sure to ask your surgeon any and all questions such as these.

In brief: Discuss with your Dr

These are really all questions that you should discuss with your surgeon.
There are many ways to address a bunion and recovery can therefore range from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Time to weight bearing can also vary this widely. Before you undergo any procedure, you should be sure to ask your surgeon any and all questions such as these.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Recovery times vary

The healing rates can vary depending on the individual and on the exact type of procedure performed.
There are different types of bunionectomies for example. The amount of time that you should remain off of your foot following bunion surgery will vary depending on the exact type of procedure performed. Discuss the recovery time with your surgeon who will be performing your surgery.

In brief: Recovery times vary

The healing rates can vary depending on the individual and on the exact type of procedure performed.
There are different types of bunionectomies for example. The amount of time that you should remain off of your foot following bunion surgery will vary depending on the exact type of procedure performed. Discuss the recovery time with your surgeon who will be performing your surgery.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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In brief: ASK YOUR SURGEON

These are all questions you should review with your foot surgeon and have answered prior to surgery.
. You have to be prepared for the recovery period following foot surgery....Remember, you have to walk on the part that is going to be operated on.....Surgery may go great, but a bad recovery can spoil it. Go to www.Acfas.Org.

In brief: ASK YOUR SURGEON

These are all questions you should review with your foot surgeon and have answered prior to surgery.
. You have to be prepared for the recovery period following foot surgery....Remember, you have to walk on the part that is going to be operated on.....Surgery may go great, but a bad recovery can spoil it. Go to www.Acfas.Org.
Dr. Christopher Hendrix
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Dr. Adam Ringler
Podiatry

In brief: Bunion surgery

A lot of this depends on what type of procedure performed.
The most common procedures usually allow the patient to walk after the surgery although most weight should be placed on the heel. There will be swelling of the foot for up to 2 months or even more and therapy may be required to help restore motion to the joint after the bone has completely healed.

In brief: Bunion surgery

A lot of this depends on what type of procedure performed.
The most common procedures usually allow the patient to walk after the surgery although most weight should be placed on the heel. There will be swelling of the foot for up to 2 months or even more and therapy may be required to help restore motion to the joint after the bone has completely healed.
Dr. Adam Ringler
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry

In brief: Bunion surgery.

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. Ask your surgeon for an estimate on when you can bear weight afterward.

In brief: Bunion surgery.

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. Ask your surgeon for an estimate on when you can bear weight afterward.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Dr. Libby Putnam
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