Lapidus Bunionectomy

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I’m having a Lapidus Bunionectomy next week and would love feedback on pain level on days 1,2,3, etc. how long were you non weight bearing. Would you have the surgery again?

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    Hello. I had both feet done within the past 5 weeks. The first foot was a complete breeze. Never experienced any pain at all. With my first anesthesiologist the ankle block lasted over 48 hours. Never felt any pain at all even afterwards. It’s just extremely important that you keep the foot elevated as much as possible and iced. Hopefully your doc prescribed a cold therapy machine. My second surgery however was a little different. I had another anesthesiologist and I experienced some pain (not too too bad) immediate after waking up. I experienced pain this time around for the first three days. Nothing could touch the foot at all and even the boot was painful to put on. I am 5 days post op now and doing completely better. Once the swelling went down I am not able to bend my toes, put my foot on the floor for a little bit, put the boot on with no pain, etc. Hoping for a speedy recovery from this point on. I can’t stop staring at my new foot. Can wait until the sutures are out next week and I can see at once . Good Luck. It’s wirth it if you picked out a very good surgeon.
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    HI Annie - I’ve had bunion removal and hammertoe surgery on both feet a year apart,  There is no denying the early stages were  painful for me but everyone is different.  I managed the pain easily  with painkillers.  I was advised to stay off feet as much as possible for the first two weeks and for the next four non-weightbearing with a heelboot.   You can see I did it twice so yes it’s worth it!!

    Good luck and keep us posted on your op!

    Jane

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    Hi Annie,

    After op there was some pain, but not severe as some people have experienced, my pain after op was about a 4. Did not take any pain relief. In the 6 weeks off , my foot was elevated.

    After 6 weeks when wire and dressing removed, I was allowed back to work and was driving.

    The worse was finding a comfortable shoe, I am a size 5 but have to buy a size 6 and wearing either sketchers flex appeal, these are fab. Or canvas shoe. Wasted too much money on trying to get a good shoe.

    I have never had pain on the sole of my foot like some people . Between 6-8 weeks I had an awful time with the top of my foot, I was in so much pain, I am going to put this down to the shoe I was wearing at the time as since I have worn the skechers or canvas shoe, this pain has gone.

    As soon as I put a wellie on for a short walk with the dogs, this seems to irritate top of foot again.

    At work I elevate my foot under desk, I have a box and pillows.

    My foot is swollen but can bend my big toe again slightly. The numb feeling took about 10 weeks to go and getting my feeling back in my foot.

    The worse part is the swelling but not much pain but have been advised this could take upto a year to go down,.

    I still elevate my foot as much as possible at home,.

    I have no choice but to go through this again as my other foot has a bunion, but will not do this until I know the other foot is completely ok, but honestly, my foot has not been as bad as what some people have experienced and I don't have any issues going through this again.

    Time, patience, elevation are key for this op. My doctor said to me gravity is the enemy for this op. In other words elevate as much as possible.

    Where people have had problems with this op, not sure if this is down to the surgeon or surgery or just the healing process for the individual.

    Let me know if you need any other help or info, hoping I have not missed anything. X

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    I have had no pain. Yes I will have my other foot done. 2 days none weight bearing, now a week on but I rest most of the time with my feet elevated.
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    Hi Annie

    I think we all expect too much! My surgeon said the healing process can take up to 18 months. So expecting to be back to normal within weeks is unrealistic.

    Dreading buying shoes, but I've only been able to wear trainers for two years anyway!

    Take it easy.

    P.s. I teach so never sat at a desk. I think it could be a while before I go back!

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      I’m a teaching assistant so I know I won’t be back to work for atleast 6 weeks! Thanks for your reply!
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    Hi Annie,

    ?Not sure of the actual name of the op I had, but yes I would have it done again, that said I am 10 weeks post op and not out of the water yet. For the first 6 weeks I had little or no pain, the worst bit came when I took the bandages off at week 6. My best advice to you would be take it easy, rest as much as possible and be patient. One aspect of the recovery is the boredom, get some good books, company, and pray for sunshine so you can at least spend sometime outdoors. I thought 'get it done whilst the bad weather is with us' but the restrictions the winter caused are awful. I have found that communicating with others going through the same process and recovery has really helped me. I had a raised shoe and crutches, they were cumbersome and in the ice and snow positively dangerous. Good luck for your op next week, and bear in mind if they give you an ankle/knee block that will keep you pain free for a few days, but will make you unsteady. 

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      Thanks for all the advice. They are putting me out for the surgery so no such luck for me with the ankle block. I guess I’m the most nervous about the pain afterwards. I have 5 kids, so I’m not worried about boredom. That might change in a month or so! (boredom) LOL.

      I’m hoping I get a knee scooter as I am not the most coordinated person on crutches. Hope your recovery improves.

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      Hi Annie, I had general anaesthetic too, but also a knee and ankle block.  I am 10 weeks post op, can get into one pair of shoes and one pair of ankle boots, oh! and odd slippers, a slip-on on the operated foot and a moccasin on the good foot, very trendy? Wow 5 kids, you lucky girl! how old are they?  The pain is manageable, don't worry too much about that. I hope the kids are manageable, I had 'times' with my one 35 year old 'kid' and two cats and a (now) 5 month old puppy. They help you through the hard times. Let us know how your surgery goes. 

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      I had a block and I was put out as well. I highly recommend that as for me it lasted two days. That was also a first for me.. the block. 
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      Tithe girls are 22,19,16 and 12 and my son is 10!  The older two work and go to school so they aren’t around much! The 16 yr old spends LOTS of time with friends. My two babies will be my biggest helpers!
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