When someone decides to have bunion surgery, a lot of fears can run through their head. Bunion surgery comes with a lot of myths: it’s painful, the bunions return, you will need casts or crutches, you need to take off work, and finally it can leave awful scars. I am going to address some of these common concerns for you below.
Bunion surgery is just as painful as any other surgery. The only real reason one might feel it is more painful would be the location of the foot to the heart. Your feet are below heart level. Therefore, blood flow can increase in this area, which can cause the foot to continuously throb. One way to alleviate this pain would be to keep your foot elevated.
While bunion surgery is highly effective and most patients are happy with the outcome, nothing in life is guaranteed. Bunions may return over time and has nothing to do with the surgery not being completed properly. Also, since technology has greatly improved over the last decade, surgery no longer requires casts or crutches. Patients can simply walk in a surgical boot after surgery.
Another myth we commonly hear is that you will have to take off work. Unless your job requires heavy lifting, walking or standing for long periods of time; taking off extensive work time isn’t necessary. Like any other surgery, you will be able to return to a desk job within two weeks, depending on the doctor’s approval.
Finally, bunion surgery will not give you any more of an ugly scar than any other surgery. This is all part of the healing process and certain creams can help reduce the appearance of these marks. With technology today, scars are becoming much smaller due to the size of the incisions.
Bunion surgery, just like any surgery, has its share of myths. Take the time to sort out what is truth vs. myth for your particular problem. One excellent way to get your facts straight is to visit Dr. Lockwood. Please come see us here at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates to discuss your bunion further.