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Posted by Anne on July 13, 2000 at 11:42:44:

In Reply to: Bunion Surgery made easier posted by Debbie on July 12, 2000 at 15:47:19:

I had surgery approx. 7 weeks ago on both feet. Perhaps pins are not needed for some patients, but I think it is inappropriate to presume to say what would be best for anyone else.

In my case, the bunions were severe. Not only did the dr. remove the outer bumps, but also inner ones - likely from osteoarthritis. The dr. also had to cut and realign the bones and set them with surgical screws. For the last 7 weeks, I've used both a walker and a wheelchair. I will be permitted to drive next week for the first time - to go back for another post-op visit - then we'll see about additional activity. I continue to have discomfort (and downright pain at times) as well as swelling if I am on my feet very much. It will likely be another 2 weeks before I can graduate to canvas sneakers from the surgical boots. I hope to find a pair of stretch canvas Keds in a wide width by then. I was told up front that it would be MONTHS before the swelling would completely disappear and quite some time before I feel like hiking in the woods with my kids.

There are too many doctors who advertise bunion surgery as a simple procedure - no different than having a wart or mole removed. If my bunions had been no big deal, I would never have had the surgery but would have simply continued to wear extra-wide shoes, orthotics, cushions, etc.
: I just wanted to share my experience. I've read so many of these stories about pins, crutches, etc., but it's not necessary. An orthopedic surgeon performed bunion surgery on both of my feet on April 7th. They scrape off the bunion, press in the bone to straighten it and use absorbable pins or tape to set it. Never had to have pins or screws taken out! I hobbled around my house in orthopedic shoes for a few days. The recovery has been great. Keep your feet elevated as much as possible. I was out of the shoes in a few weeks because the swelling had gone down so much they didn't fit! My doctor told me to wear athletic shoes that had a lot of support, so I wore some leather hi-tops for the next 4 weeks. He also gave me elastic socks. They really helped with the swelling problems. I'd be glad to share more if you want to know. Check with your doctor about the procedure they use, and make sure it's the latest!

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