Bunion surgery can bring people massive relief and joy after dealing with the pain, discomfort, and side effects of a foot bunion. Most patients who received minimally invasive bunion surgery are able to walk out of the operating room and drive themselves home after the operation. Their recovery time is quite short, so they typically have no issues sleeping after bunion surgery. 

However, patients who received traditional bunion surgery often need crutches and a boot following their procedure. They are recommended to not put weight on their foot for a long period of time (usually at least 8 weeks). 

Regardless of the type of bunion surgery you received, here is what to expect for sleeping after bunion surgery and some tips for managing foot pain or discomfort after surgery:     

Sleeping After Bunion Surgery: What to Expect 

What to expect for sleeping after bunion surgery depends primarily on the type of surgery you received. Minimally invasive surgeries are close to pain-free and have a quick recovery time. A small incision is used in this procedure, so there are typically fewer side effects than traditional bunion surgeries. You can likely sleep like normal, but sleeping on your back and using over-the-counter pain medications can help if you do experience discomfort or mild pain. 

Traditional bunion surgeries that use anesthesia, large incisions, and sedation often involve higher pain levels. Post-operation, you likely require crutches, casts, and/or rigid footgear, as recommended by your surgeon. Sleeping can be difficult, so it is important to take pain medication as soon as you feel sensation in your foot following your operation. Additionally, it is important to sleep on your back or wear stiff footwear to protect your foot. 

Foot Elevation is Key for Sleeping after Bunion Surgery 

Swelling is usually quite minimal following minimally invasive surgery, but it can be more severe for traditional bunion surgery. Elevating your foot with a pillow or by resting your leg against a wall is key for reducing swelling and pain following traditional bunion surgery. Wearing a boot or rigid footgear while sleeping can also help manage pain or discomfort. If you get hot wearing a boot while sleeping, using a fan or cool towels can help. 

Take Pain Medication 

Medication is your best option for managing pain and discomfort after surgery. For traditional surgery, it is important to take the prescribed medication a few hours before bed so that you can sleep soundly. Minimally invasive surgery patients often manage pain effectively with over-the-counter pain medications. Foot pain treatments like sleeves and pads may provide temporary relief, but following your physician’s recommendations is your best option. If your pain is severe or debilitating, you should contact your doctor for help. 

Contact Us for Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery 

Sleeping after bunion surgery is much easier with minimally invasive procedures. The experts at Northwest Surgery Center specialize in minimally invasive surgical techniques for bunions, hammertoes, heel spurs, and other foot ailments. For help with diagnosing or treating your foot pain, contact us to schedule an appointment.