Deciding to Have Bunion Surgery
After bunion surgery, most patients have less foot pain and are better able to participate in everyday activities.
As you explore bunion surgery be aware that so-called “simple” or “minimal” surgical procedures are often inadequate “quick fixes” that can do more harm than good. Although many bunion procedures are done on a same-day basis with no hospital stay, a long recovery period is common. It often takes up to 6 months for full recovery, with follow-up visits to your doctor sometimes necessary for up to a year.
It is very important to have realistic expectations about bunion surgery. For example, bunion surgery may not allow you to wear a smaller shoe size or narrow, pointed shoes. In fact, you may need to restrict the types of shoes you wear for the rest of your life.
As you consider bunion surgery, do not hesitate to ask your doctor questions about the operation and your recovery. Some examples of helpful questions to ask include:
- What are the benefits and risks of this surgery?
- What are the possible complications and how likely are they to occur?
- How much pain will there be and how will it be managed?