Re: exhausted 12 weeks post lapidus bunionectomy
Hi Monster Bunion,
I didn't have the same surgery as you (mine was for posterior tibial tendon/flat foot issues), but can totally identify with what you're saying about lacking stamina. I too was in a cast and NWB for 6 weeks, plus PWB in a boot for 4 more weeks. It seemed like I got worn out so much faster and when I started PT, biking for 5 minutes left me a bit winded. I was in good shape (running, working out regularly) before surgery too. I've done exercises with a Swiss ball, arm weights, leg weights, etc, but these are not aerobic, so have only helped with tone and strength, not stamina and conditioning. I had to remind myself that my body was healing from a major procedure and its energy was going toward that. It's frustrating, but it does build up as you are able to be more mobile. Hang in there and do what you can to take care of yourself.