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Member since 05 Jul 2006
Member from New Plymouth
Am due to have bilateral bunion surgey.Any advice or tips on what I am facing & recovery?Thanks in advance!
Member since 24 Nov 2009
Member from Palmerston North
I had mine done about 45 years ago. Never regretted it but it would still be the most painful operation I have experienced. I was in plaster up to both knees for about 4 weeks so was fitted with special boots so I could walk. Don't know if they still do that. The pain was only for one day that was all so to me I would go through it again.
Member since 30 Mar 2008
Member from Ellerslie
Good luck Judith.I have a painful bunion on the side of my left foot and went and saw a specialist about having it removed but he wouln't guarantee success so I am trying to shrink it with medication.(not working).I would be grateful if you can give a bit of a report after your surgery so I can pursue surgery again.At the moment I find it hard to wear a shoe on that foot for any length of time.All the best.
Member since 28 May 2008
Member from Wrights Bush
I had bunions removed on both feet about 20 years ago. Piece of cake, and glad to have had them done. Stayed over one night in hospital, and could walk, but slowly up and down the corridor the next day.Didn't feel the operation, knocked out, bandages were used so couldn't wear footwear, and when two of us appeared at the door of the specialist we had plastic bags around our feet, held on with rubber bands, it was a damp morning, he laughed, thought we were very ingenious. The worst part was when he took the staples out that held the op in place, it was like having your teeth pulled out. Told the specialist, 'he was a bully, treating me this way". He just said, "stop being a sook!" Just a case of resting especially with both feet done, and not long before you are back to normal with no bunion pain.
Member since 03 Mar 2011
Member from Lower Hutt
I had bunion surgery on my right foot last July.
Was in plaster for 6 weeks.
Yes, it was painful for a little while, but not excrutiating.
The only stitches I had were dissolvable ones.
It took another month before I could walk easily but I'm glad
I had it done. I can now wear "ordinary" shoes again.
Funny that my left foot is perfectly okay!
Wishing you well.
I never had plaster Sallie, but with metal staple stitches it may not be needed.
I found wearing gumboots when it was hot, that aggravated the problem, before I had the op done.
Member since 18 Jan 2011
Member from Fairfield
I had bunions on both feet operated on many years when I was in my 40's. It was successful. However, with age and hereditary tendancy I have bunions now on both feet, plus crooked toes on both feet. Surgery is a major operation for me but I think in your case it will be well worth it. You need to be patient re the outcome and take care not to walk on those pins too soon after. Good Luck.
You can not shrink bunions. They are a extra growth of bone. You may need to get a second opinion.
Good luck I am so pleased I had mine done. Had stitches and in plaster cast with mine.
Member since 02 Nov 2006
Member from Linwood
I have one on each foot. The left big toe is beginning to lie on the its neighbour and the right not far behind. They are not painful but the way my ingrowing nail is pushing against the top of my shoe is. I am into toe peepers when out walking.
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