You’ve always wanted to do it. You’ve psyched yourself up. You’re ready to take the plunge. No we’re not talking about a polar club dive or jumping out of a plane; we’re talking about bunion surgery. This is it. You’re finally going to say good bye to the bump that’s been bugging you and causing you pain and embarrassment for years. Just remember this though—the key to recovering from bunion surgery successfully is knowing what to expect.
First off, recovery time depends on many different factors, including your age, general health and fitness level, and the severity of your condition. Procedures vary accordingly. For mild bunions, the enlarged portion of the bone is removed and tendons and ligaments realigned. Moderate bunions may necessitate cutting the bone and shifting it into position along with the tendons and ligaments. The severe variety entails a combination of these procedures, and an arthritic joint might even be replaced completely. Obviously, how quickly you recover is highly dependent upon the level of procedure you undergo. Dr. Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr. will explain the procedure you need and outline your expected recovery stages, so you can have peace of mind about your surgery.
Typically you can expect the healing process to take at least 6 to 8 weeks. During this time it’s important to keep weight off your foot and rest it. You can manage pain with icing and any pain reliever we prescribe. We will likely give you physical therapy exercises to help you regain strength and range of motion. Recovering from bunion surgery takes time and patience, but if you know what to expect on your road to recovery, you’ll reach your goal of pain-free days before you can say “bye-bye bump, it was not-so-nice knowing you!”
To learn more about bunion surgery, visit Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. in Glasgow, Newark, or Wilmington DE. Dr. Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr. can help you decide if taking the plunge is right for you. Just call (302) 623-4250, and say good-bye and good riddance to your bunion now.
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