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Will it be bad to have a bunionectomy at the same time as fixing a broken foot?

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Dr. Adam Ringler
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Bunion/Fracture

A lot of that depends on the location of the other fracture but if you will be off the foot for the fracture, it may be a good time to consider doing both together in order to safe time off of the feet in the future.

In brief: Bunion/Fracture

A lot of that depends on the location of the other fracture but if you will be off the foot for the fracture, it may be a good time to consider doing both together in order to safe time off of the feet in the future.
Dr. Adam Ringler
Dr. Adam Ringler
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

If it is the same foot, the upside is you can stay off of it and both should heal.
The downside is there will be more swelling and discomfort. If it's the other foot, it will be very difficult to get around with 2 bad feet.

In brief: Depends

If it is the same foot, the upside is you can stay off of it and both should heal.
The downside is there will be more swelling and discomfort. If it's the other foot, it will be very difficult to get around with 2 bad feet.
Dr. Bradly Shollenberger
Dr. Bradly Shollenberger
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Bad if opposite foot

Not a good idea if the problems are on opposite sides, as you need a stable foot to support your body weight on.

In brief: Bad if opposite foot

Not a good idea if the problems are on opposite sides, as you need a stable foot to support your body weight on.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry

In brief: Could be a problem.

Depending on which bone you broke in your foot, the added bunionectomy procedure could complicate your healing.
If you have to be immobilized afterward for the broken bone, you would not be able to do physical therapy to ensure good range of motion at the bunion joint after correction, which could lead to a very stiff toe and pain afterward.

In brief: Could be a problem.

Depending on which bone you broke in your foot, the added bunionectomy procedure could complicate your healing.
If you have to be immobilized afterward for the broken bone, you would not be able to do physical therapy to ensure good range of motion at the bunion joint after correction, which could lead to a very stiff toe and pain afterward.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Dr. Libby Putnam
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Dr. Adam Teichman
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle

In brief: Yes

Having bunion surgery as a covienence when having surgery to fix a fracture is not recomnended.
Complications are presented with any surgery and adding another procedure may increase your chances of problems.

In brief: Yes

Having bunion surgery as a covienence when having surgery to fix a fracture is not recomnended.
Complications are presented with any surgery and adding another procedure may increase your chances of problems.
Dr. Adam Teichman
Dr. Adam Teichman
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Dr. Robert Mihalich
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle

In brief: Possibly

While treating a bunion at the same time as a fracture may be appealing due to having one down time, additional surgery adds increased trauma to a small area of the body that can affect wound healing and increases your post operative pain.
It is important that the reason you want to fix the bunion is out of symptoms and not convenience.

In brief: Possibly

While treating a bunion at the same time as a fracture may be appealing due to having one down time, additional surgery adds increased trauma to a small area of the body that can affect wound healing and increases your post operative pain.
It is important that the reason you want to fix the bunion is out of symptoms and not convenience.
Dr. Robert Mihalich
Dr. Robert Mihalich
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