Many different types of medical procedures are shrouded in myth, and bunion surgery is no exception. Fortunately, the negative myths that you typically hear about bunion removal are typically false. If you want to know more about bunion surgery, keep reading and then talk to your Houston podiatrist.
Myth: You will miss too much work
The physical demands of your workplace performance vary immensely from job to job. The amount of work you will miss also depends on the type of surgery and the advice of your podiatrist for your specific case. If you spend the majority of your time in the workplace sitting at a desk, you can likely return to work within a few short weeks. Talk to your foot specialist before the procedure to determine a probable timetable for your return to your job.
Myth: Bunion surgery is more painful than other surgeries
There is no reason to believe that this type of bunion treatment is more painful than any other type of surgery. If you do not keep your foot elevated after the surgery, you will likely experience pain; this is due to the fact that your foot is naturally much lower than your heart. The feet are filled with blood as you stand up, which can be painful after having surgery on your foot. Talk to your foot doctor about pain management techniques and medications that you can use to stay out of pain after you undergo your bunion treatment.
Myth: You will spend a lot of time in a cast
Thanks to modern advancements in surgical equipment and procedures, you will not necessarily need a cast or crutches after your bunion surgery. For less severe bunions, your foot specialist will typically have you use a surgical shoe for six weeks. Even if your foot doctor decides you should be in a cast, which happens for larger bunions, medical technology will have you mobile in just a couple of weeks.
Modern bunion surgery can have you back at work in as little as two weeks. The surgery is not any more painful than other surgeries, and typically will not leave you in a cast.