Bunion Surgery FAQ's

Is the surgery painful? The level of pain experienced after bunion surgery differs from patient to patient. Most patients will experience discomfort for the first two to three days.  However, if you closely follow the postoperative care instructions, you can help minimize pain and swelling after your bunion surgery.

What type of anesthesia is used? Most bunion surgeries involve local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. This means your foot will be numb, and you will receive medications to relax you during the procedure.        

How soon can I walk after surgery? It depends on your bunion and the surgical procedure selected for you. You may be able to walk immediately, or just a few days after surgery, but if a more involved surgical procedure is required, it could be four to six weeks before you can fully bear weight on your foot.

How soon can I drive after surgery? You may be asked to avoid driving for three to six weeks depending on the procedure selected for you, which foot you use to drive, how fast you heal and other factors.

Can the bunion come back? Yes, some cases have a risk of bunion recurrence. You can help prevent this by following any instructions to wear arch supports or orthotics in your shoe.

If screws or plates are implanted in my foot to correct my bunion, will they set off metal detectors? Not usually. It depends on the device chosen for your procedure as well as how sensitive the metal detectors are.

To learn more about what to expect during bunion surgery, call our office at 732.542.0777 to make an appointment with a foot and ankle surgeon for a consultation or visit our website, www.faacnj.com for more information.

Author
Dr. Eric J. Abrams Dr. Abrams is a Fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons and is board certified by the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery. He currently practices in Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey. He is also a clinical instructor at Jersey Shore University Medical Center's Podiatric Surgical Residency in Neptune, New Jersey.

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