Bunion Surgery And Recovery

Bunion surgery removes the bump and realigns the big toe. The surgery is done to remove your discomfort or pain, correct deformity and make the toe look straighter.

Minimally Invasive Surgery uses tiny skin incisions to make the bony corrections which are held with screws.

Recovering from the surgery

Surgery is done as a day case procedure.  Short sedation or general anaesthetic combined with a local anaesthetic ankle block are usually used.   You are likely to be able to go home a few hours after your operation.   When you get home, you should keep your foot elevated for a few weeks to help reduce the swelling.  You can use a stool or some pillows to do this.  You will be given pain-killers to go home with.  Most patients find that they only need simple pain-killers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen for a few days after Minimally Invasive Surgery.

The time it takes for the bone to completely heal from bunion surgery.  This varies and is dependent on the type of operation you’ve had.   With Minimally Invasive Surgery most people can walk right away.  If you have both feet operated on at the same time you may need crutches for a few days.   You will need a support shoe for about 4 to 6 weeks.

Most people who have Minimally Invasive Surgery take about six weeks off of work. However, this depends on how much standing and walking you do when at work. If you have a desk-based job, you may be able to work from home a few days after your surgery.  If your job involves a lot of walking or standing, you may need to take more time off.

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