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Posted by debbie on June 28, 2000 at 09:36:02:

In Reply to: Upcoming Bunion Surgery posted by Kathie on June 22, 2000 at 08:00:16:

Kathie - I am 39 yrs old and had bunion surgery on both feet at the beginning of April. It was outpatient surgery, done in one morning. I had a podiatrist who did a great job. Make sure they explain the procedure because it has changed a lot in the past few years. He scraped off the bunion, straightened up the bone, and then used absorbable tape to hold it. (They used to put in a pin or screw and had to go back in.) The first 3 days you don't want to put your feet down. It became easier to walk (with the velcro shoes I was given), but I didn't like standing in one place or putting prolonged pressure on my feet until about 2 weeks after surgery. I could drive within a week after surgery. It's been 2 1/2 months now, and I'm getting back into running a few times a week. I recommend having both done at the same time and staying off your feet as much as possible the first few weeks. That helped speed up my recovery. Hope all goes well!

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