There are some unusual questions that patients ask pertaining to bunion surgery, their feet and unusual things that they do to their feet too! That said, I always learn new things from my patients, and it is amazing what you find on the Internet.
Just to clarify, I am usually a person willing to try new things. But before I do, I typically ask: “How can this be possible?” I do not think that soaking my feet in warm water and Bay Leaves will fix my bunion – which was recently asked of me. Maybe it can soothe the pain? Who knows?
That said, I also find it very entertaining when I tell a patient something about their bunion surgery recovery, and they do not think that it is possible.
For example, daily, I tell patients that they will walk out of the operating room, yes, even on the foot that they just had surgery on in a small surgical shoe and they cannot believe it. So, maybe a better approach to understanding something different, or not the norm is to ask: “Why can’t this be possible?” Not enough patients think about the recovery time of their bunion surgery. This can be life-changing, as the patients that do think about the bunion recovery time tend to wait until their bunion gets so bad that now other toes, bones, and joints aside from their bunion now need to be fixed too.
After Bunion Surgery, How Long Before I Can Walk?
Today, a patient asked me, “How long before I can walk after my bunion surgery?”
Every one of our patients walking into the operating room with a bunion walks out of the operating room the same day. And, even better than that, we do not use stretchers to transport our patients into and out of the operating room.
Much should be considered as far as recovery from bunion surgery, and aside from the size of the incision, the greatest difference between traditional bunion surgeries (large, long incision with a traditionally long recovery) up to one year and minimally invasive surgery is the recovery time.
Not only do you not need to stay off of your foot for three months;
- None of our patients get an IV in their arm (needle with tubing that is used to administer fluids and anesthesia before and during the surgery – putting you to sleep sometimes).
- None of our patients are intubated (breathing tube put down your throat, LMA, etc to make sure you stay breathing, alive, during the surgery)
- And, none of our patients wake up in the recovery room in excruciating pain wondering where they are, what happened, etc.
All of our patients are awake during the bunion surgery, which allows for a very minimal recovery time, and none of the side effects seen exclusively with general anesthesia, or monitored anesthesia. No needle in your arm, no tube down your throat, and no period of the complete unknown where you don’t know what is happening, no period of losing control.
Imagine going into surgery, and being able to eat right before your surgery – you don’t have to fast at midnight, or twelve hours before you get your bunion fixed. You don’t need to plan your whole day and rides to the hospital at 5 am and not getting home until 4 pm.
You do not have to inconvenience family, friends, and neighbors wasting their entire day, or forcing them to take time off of work. That is part of the unparalleled experience that we offer – and a great advantage of minimally invasive surgery.
Now, imagine that we actually let you use your foot the day of surgery. You can actually;
- Walk around,
- No issues with a scooter,
- No walker, or crutches up the stairs,
- No sliding on your bottom down the stairs, moving a cot to the downstairs, or
- No sleeping on your coach for six to twelve weeks.
The ease of the post-operative period, much beyond getting around and walking is what makes our minimally invasive bunion surgery the best way to fix your bunion.
This is not uncommon in the medical field. Minimally invasive surgery for all sorts of procedures from balloon sinuplasty, laparoscopic gastric bypass, endovascular aneurysm repair and hip replacements all lead to shorter recovery times and shorter stays at the hospital. Now, you can have the same conveniences when you get your bunion fixed minimally invasively.
So, when a patient calls our office with the expectation that they are going to be wearing a cast, or a large CAM walker (walking boot that goes above the ankle, ending just below the knee) and we tell them that they will be in a small, post-operative shoe – they cannot believe it. “Why doesn’t everyone do it this way?” “How come I was told that I cannot put weight on my foot for two, four, even six weeks!?!” I insist that the way that we do our bunion surgery, they will be walking out of the operating room, and can walk that day, and the next days after that. There are many advantages to minimally invasive (MIS bunion) surgery beyond the size of the incision and scar, and being able to walk on your foot right away is one of them.
When patients find out that they don’t need their aunt to live with them for two months, or have their husband take two weeks off of work to help take care of them, it truly makes me happy to offer them something that no one else can. Bunion surgery should be life changing in a good way – no more bunion, or bunion pain, more comfortable in shoes, more shoe buying options. It should not be life-changing for your family to care for you during the recovery period.
So, if you are looking to have your bunion fixed, come in for a free consultation. Many people have their bunion removed the same day as their free consultation. There doesn’t need to be months of planning. You will be able to walk around the same day as your surgery, and you will be able to do many of your daily activities and job during the recovery period with little to no outside help.