Depending on the severity of your bunion there are many surgical procedures available. With each procedure the goal is to realign the joint, relieve the pain and discomfort, and correct the deformity. Each type of specific procedure to correct a bunion comes with different healing times.
Around 80% of our patients stop taking pain medication 3-4 days after surgery. In mild to moderate cases of bunions, patients are allowed to be weight bearing immediately. In cases where a more severe bunions are corrected, the non-weight bearing period can range from 2 weeks to 2 months after surgery. Our office uses the OnQ Painbuster pain pump to minimize post-operative discomfort for many bunion repair procedures.
The success of your surgery largely depends on you. You will wear postoperative surgical shoes and dressings or a brace for six to eight weeks to ensure proper healing. Our doctors at Dallas Podiatry Works advise you to use a cane or crutches for the first few days. As the wound heals, you can gradually apply pressure and within the first few weeks you may walk short distances. You should be able to drive again within a week, but expect minor swelling for about six months.
It’s important to remember that bunion surgery will not allow you to wear a smaller shoe size or narrow-pointed shoes. If you return to ill-fitted shoes, your bunion may reappear.