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I'm having surgery for hallux valgus, what do I need to know?

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Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
3 doctors agree

In brief: Lots

Ask about what the plan is for pain control after surgery, find out if you will be able to walk on that foot or if you will need to be on crutches and for how long, ask about the success rate for your surgeon, ask who you should call if there are any problems after surgery.
Most importantly ask yourself if you are doing this for pain or for vanity. Pain is the reason to have it fixed.

In brief: Lots

Ask about what the plan is for pain control after surgery, find out if you will be able to walk on that foot or if you will need to be on crutches and for how long, ask about the success rate for your surgeon, ask who you should call if there are any problems after surgery.
Most importantly ask yourself if you are doing this for pain or for vanity. Pain is the reason to have it fixed.
Dr. Daniel Farber
Dr. Daniel Farber
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Dr. David Laha
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Have a good surgeon

There are many good foot surgeons.
Make sure you discuss your particular procedure in detail, along the probable post operative course and possible complications with your surgeon. Not following directions can cause problems with the best surgery! listen carefully and you will do well. Dr l.

In brief: Have a good surgeon

There are many good foot surgeons.
Make sure you discuss your particular procedure in detail, along the probable post operative course and possible complications with your surgeon. Not following directions can cause problems with the best surgery! listen carefully and you will do well. Dr l.
Dr. David Laha
Dr. David Laha
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Talk to your Surgeon

Surgery is generally safe; however, it is imperative you understand that any surgery carries risks (albeit small) and you must be comfortable with the potential situations that could happen.
These include (but are not limited to): surgery failure, need for further surgery, infection, dvt, pain, wound complications, loss of limb and loss of life. Talk to your surgeon & follow postop instructions.

In brief: Talk to your Surgeon

Surgery is generally safe; however, it is imperative you understand that any surgery carries risks (albeit small) and you must be comfortable with the potential situations that could happen.
These include (but are not limited to): surgery failure, need for further surgery, infection, dvt, pain, wound complications, loss of limb and loss of life. Talk to your surgeon & follow postop instructions.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry

In brief: Bunion surgery.

If you elect to 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 choose from to correct your foot. The more aggressive procedures may require a bone cut and screw, or crutches and a boot afterward for several weeks.

In brief: Bunion surgery.

If you elect to 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 choose from to correct your foot. The more aggressive procedures may require a bone cut and screw, or crutches and a boot afterward for several weeks.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Dr. Libby Putnam
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry

In brief: Consult with surgeon

Risks of any surgery include, pain swelling, numbness, infection, reaction to medication, blood clot, and possible scar overgrowth.

In brief: Consult with surgeon

Risks of any surgery include, pain swelling, numbness, infection, reaction to medication, blood clot, and possible scar overgrowth.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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