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[Resolved] How Painful Is Bunionectomy?

Bunion surgery is done to reduce the pain and correct the deformity caused by a bunion. A bunion (hallux valgus) is an enlargement of the bone or tissue around a joint at the base of the big toe or at the base of the little toe 🙈 This one is called a “bunionette” or “tailor’s bunion 😉” Bunions often form when the joint is stressed over a prolonged period 🔥 Most bunions form in women, primarily because women may be more likely to wear tight, pointed, and confining shoes. Bunions may be inherited as a family trait. Bunions may also result from arthritis. This often affects the big toe joint.
I had foundad found that during the first few critical days it was important to have lined up help. Friends had arranged meal deliveries every night for the first week, a lifesaver given my inability to get out of bed without crutches. Having a husband who works at home and kids old enough to be somewhat self-sufficient certainly didn’t hurt. The relatively manageable level of pain continued to surprise me, though knowing how fragile my foot was, I was petrified that someone would bump it or that I’d accidentally step on it. One wrong move could send the pain metre off the charts and me back to the operating room!
Image #2 gives additional information. While this was true years ago, more modern techniques have allowed surgeons to mobilize patients quicker. Mild bunions typically involve walking in a surgical shoe for six weeks. Surgeons consider casting with crutches with larger bunions because setting the bones is more complex. Some surgeons have moved away from bone cuts and instead perform a fusion procedure that allows for realignment of the entire deviated bone. This fusion procedure is called the Lapidus Bunionectomy, and contemporary approaches allow for early protected walking at two weeks postoperatively. Recent technological advances in medical implant devices have also helped surgeons modify their techniques to get patients moving quicker. (last edited 50 days ago by Lakeithia Gee from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
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The researchers at provide us with further information. Again, not true. A majority of patients are satisfied with their outcome after bunion surgery. Recurrence is possible, but not particularly likely. And, return of a bunion is not necessarily a complication, but something that can happen over time. Some patients have excessive motion in the foot that may predispose them to recurrence. This is why functional foot orthotics are needed in many patients post0operatively to control foot function. Another possible reason for recurrence occurs when a procedure that was performed did not best suit the severity of the particular bunion — so it’s important to have the surgery tailored for your particular bunion. Discuss this with your surgeon or get another opinion prior to surgery. (we appreciate Alisen Cheng from Vellore, India for their answer).
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