Recovery Time for Bunion Surgery
There are two main types of bunion surgery; Traditional Open Bunion Surgery and Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery.
Traditional Open Bunion Surgery
Traditional surgery methods can involve extensive use of hardware such as pins, screws, hammers, chisels, and saws, all of which cause extensive tissue damage to the surrounding area.
Casts may also need to be worn for long periods afterward and require subsequent appointments for removal. Patients may also need crutches and rigid footwear, which leads to further challenges in mobility.
Larger wound sizes also require more substantial closures, take longer to heal and leave noticeable scarring. Traditional surgeries for bunion removal may also require general sedation and a lengthy hospital stay.
Traditional Bunion Surgery Recovery Time
Depending on how quickly you heal and many other factors, open bunion surgery can take anywhere from 2 to 6 months to heal. You have to be off your feet for a minimum of 2 weeks after surgery.
Thankfully, traditional and painful surgery may not be required to treat your bunion, as there have been significant strides made in treatment which not only lower the risk but also lead to a significantly reduced bunion surgery recovery time.
Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery
Bunions can be removed using only a 1/4″ incision from which to operate. As the wound is quite small, only nitrous oxide and local anesthesia are needed during the procedure. By working from a localized area, trauma to the surrounding tissue is greatly minimized. A single suture is all that is required to close the wound, which also leads to minimal scarring.
Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery Recovery Time
Bunion surgery recovery time when using minimally invasive procedures sees most patients walk out of the procedure and return to work the next day. Driving is also allowed, but with the recommendation that patients don’t overdo it.
Most bunion patients who have gone through minimally invasive surgery require no pain control, and for those that do experience pain, a mild over the counter solution or prescription analgesic for a short time after the operation is enough to control it.