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    Old 09-24-2006, 04:45 PM   #1
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    Question To Bunion Surgery or NOT to bunion surgery?

    Hello to anyone out there that can give me some feedback. Constructive or otherwise. I am due to have bunions on both big toes and both little toes repaired on Oct 16th. I know little or nothing about bunions or the surgery. After reading some comments here... I am discouraged to hear that many need additional surgery afterwards and that some even have the bunions come back. The doctor did say on first visit that I will have pins in the big toes for 4 weeks, they will be removed in the office. I also understand this type or surgery to be a painfull and slow recovery process. Have had both knees replaced and a 3 part fracture of one shoulder repaired, so am no stranger to pain or of working hard through PT & recovery. (All three of these are doing fabulous.) I got a second oppinion and am going with the second surgeon. However this is THE surgery that has me totaly un-nerved. I am to have the surgery in Redding Calif. Any words of wisdom, encouragement or caution out there? Thanks, Fran

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    Old 09-24-2006, 06:52 PM   #2
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    Re: To Bunion Surgery or NOT to bunion surgery?

    Welcome, Fran! I had a double bunionectomy and hammertoe corrections in mid-May. (I have permanent screws, but had no pins.) I felt my recovery process went fairly quickly and that on the whole the pain was not bad. (The surgery itself was painless.) There was no additional surgery and I don’t expect any future procedures, although there is a slight possibility that I may need to have the screws removed at some point just because a small percentage of people do. I’m doing fine now; my feet feel—and look—good and if I had to choose again whether or not to have the surgery, I would definitely go for it. Obviously everyone’s experience is different. I would recommend that you read past threads about bunionectomies and keep in mind that people who have problems are more probably more likely to look for support and advice on medical board than people for whom everything goes totally smoothly. Best wishes during this time of decision making and/or waiting. Kathy

     
    Old 09-25-2006, 10:14 AM   #3
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    Re: To Bunion Surgery or NOT to bunion surgery?

    hey! I'm only a year out on my bunionectomy of my left foot-big toe so I can't speak for the full results of that yet. However, I'm 12 years out on the left foot and 10 years out on the right foot (both having bunionettes removed) and I haven't had a single problem since! It appears I won't need any additional surgery on those.. so don't think that a second surgery is always necessary. Good luck with your procedures! The hardest part is the first few days.. then it's downhill..

     
    Old 09-25-2006, 12:14 PM   #4
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    Re: To Bunion Surgery or NOT to bunion surgery?

    I agree with the other posts. My (severe) bunionectomy was done a week and a half ago. The pain was minimal the first few days. Now it is just the inconvenince of hobbling around on one leg in a cast. The doctor took the bandages off after four days to put on a cast and I couldn't believe how beautiful my foot looked - even being swollen. My big toe never looked so straight and I am not thinking I will need addiitonal surgery. Remember, mine was a severe bunion. Even the fellows in the operating room were commenting that they had never seen one so bad. I have two permanent screws put in but no pin(s). Good luck to you.
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    Old 09-25-2006, 02:03 PM   #5
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    Re: To Bunion Surgery or NOT to bunion surgery?

    As long as you are confident you have a good doctor, you shouldn't worry too much. I had a bunionectomy in late June and it was more of a nuisance than anything. It was never very painful at any point but the velcro shoe was a pain, crutches for the first three days were annoying, I had to keep the foot dry, I walked very slowly for a time, etc.

    Three months later it is only swollen a little bit and I have been walking, running, doing everything I ever used to do. This past weekend I actually wore some of my old pointy high heels and I was happy to see that my foot did fit into the shoe. (Confession: my foot was killing me after five minutes but I still view it as progress)

    I personally am glad I did the surgery and will most likely do the second foot in a year or two.

     
    Old 09-25-2006, 08:28 PM   #6
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    Re: To Bunion Surgery or NOT to bunion surgery?

    Hey.......... thank you so much for your honesty and encouragement.... I am one of those "on the GO" type of people...... and the idea that I could be housebound for so long is a devestating thought ......you four seem to have been able to go on with life very soon after surgery. AM interested if your doctors were Orthopedic Specialist or a D.P.M.? Thank you ........ am still deciding......fran (Being a LIBRA isn't always easy......LOL!)

     
    Old 09-26-2006, 03:06 PM   #7
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    Definitely, positively, absolutely go for it! I had terrible bunions and hammertoes way back in 1998...saw a doctor but was too scared of the whole thing and cancelled the surgery. Alas...my feet only got worse over time and I had both feet done three weeks apart in July. Not fully recovered yet and still healing, especially the second foot done at the end of July, but am so happy I had the surgeries. Yes, I did have to have a second minor surgery on both feet 2 weeks ago, but my feet were SO bad that I was not surprised. Not everyone has to have a second incision; my doc, a podiatric surgeon, wanted my feet to be as perfect as he could make them. Pain, yes, for a little over a week after each foot was initially done, but not unbearable by any means. Nothing was as bad as I feared it would be and I managed fine even though I live alone in a five floor walk-up. You will be just fine and be so glad once it is done.

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    Old 09-26-2006, 06:49 PM   #8
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    Re: To Bunion Surgery or NOT to bunion surgery?

    My doctor was an orthopedic surgeon.

    I was "housebound" for 9 days but during that time my husband drove me places, like to the diner or to a brief outing at the mall. You can get around, just not as quick or for as long as you might want to!

    Nine days is how long I gave myself to recover before returning to work and I do feel I needed every minute of that. Then I had to be driven to work as it was my right foot and I wasn't permitted to drive for, I think it was three weeks.

    Good luck.

     
    Old 09-26-2006, 08:29 PM   #9
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    Re: To Bunion Surgery or NOT to bunion surgery?

    My surgery was done by a podiatrist in a hosptial on an out-patient basis. I walked to the bathroom almost immediately after surgery and then out to the car and from the car to our apartment when I went home about an hour or two later. I walked for three miles on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend with no problem. (Four & a half months after surgery) I've been so happy to wear my "normal" shoes without pain!

     
    Old 10-01-2006, 08:06 AM   #10
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    Hi Fran,

    Not sure if you're still following this thread, but I thought I'd put in my 2 cents.

    I can totally relate to how you're feeling. I was so scared about it that I wanted to back out many times before I eventually had it done. Since then, the surgery and recovery have gone much better than I ever thought they would.

    Let me preface my post by saying it's a very difficult and personal decision to have surgery and obviously you have to do what is best for you. My advice would be to ask questions, questions and more questions (make a list) from your doctor about the procedures you're having done (good to get second opinion). Also, talk to other patients of his or hers who've had it done and see what their experiences have been. It's surgery and there are definitely risks you need to consider beforehand.

    I had a double bunionectomy about three weeks ago by a podiatrist in-office (he has an adjoining surgical suite). The surgery was painless and I was able to walk out in surgical boots afterward. Once home, for the next few days I kept on top of my pain meds (even getting up at regular intervals at night to take them) so I have felt no significant pain since the surgery - more soreness and a couple of sharp pains if I banged my foot on something, but besides those instances, the pain has been more than manageable.

    I was very conscientious about post-surgical orders like keeping feet elevated, icing, staying off my feet as much as possible. I went as far as to rent a wheelchair to get around which I think you should definitely consider if you want to be mobile. It may be overkill, but I've wanted to be as conservative about recovery as possible so I can get better faster and so far it's worked out well. I'm into my third week and can walk around fine although it's difficult to walk in the surgical boots (I can't wait to get out of these #@$#%# things!) so I still use a wheelchair.

    You mentioned that you are concerned about being homebound for a long time. If you're an active person, I would caution you to consider not getting both done at the same time. Other people may disagree, but my experience has been that for better recovery, I've strictly limited what I do. You will also need someone there for you quite a bit at least the week if not two weeks following surgery, to help you.

    I wish you the best in your decision and hope all goes well.

     
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