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 Bunion Surgery
Traditional surgery can involve a large use of hardware like pins, screws, hammers, chisels, and saws. All of these cause a lot of tissue damage to the surrounding area.
Also, casts may need to be worn for a long time after. Additionally, patients need an appointments for removal. Patients may also need crutches and special footwear, which leads to further challenges in mobility.
Larger wounds also require lots of stitches. Overall, these take longer to heal and leave scares. Traditional surgeries for bunions may also require lots of drugs and a long hospital stay.
Traditional Bunion Surgery Recovery Time
Depending on how quickly you heal and other factors, surgery can take 2 to 6 months to heal. You have to be off your feet for at least 2 weeks after surgery.
Thankfully, traditional and painful surgery may not be needed to treat your bunion. There are new treatments which lower the risk of surgery and lead to a shorter recovery time.
Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery
We remove bunions with a small incision. Since the wound is small, we only use a local numbing agents during the procedure. Because of the small incision, trauma to the surrounding area is limited. A single stitch is all that is needed. This also leads to smaller scares.
Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery Recovery Time
The recovery time of minimally invasive surgery is very short. Most patients walk out of the procedure and return to work the next day. We allow patients to drive after. But, we also recommend that patients don’t overdo it.
Most patients who have gone through minimally invasive surgery do not need pain control. But, for those that do have pain, over the counter drugs or prescription pain pill for a short time is enough to control it.