Preparing for Bunion Surgery

June 30th, 2017 by LOC Team


Bunion surgery is a surgical procedure to correct or remove the bone that sticks out the side of your big toe. This is called a bunion. The idea behind this operation is to set your big toe joint into a better position, which should relieve the pain coming from a bunion.

Below, we are going to take a look at preparing for bunion surgery and what you should expect if you are having the operation. Please note, the procedure you receive may be different from what we discuss in this article, your surgery and treatment will be tailored to suit you and your lifestyle, this is just an overview of preparing for a typical bunion surgery.

Preparation for bunion surgery

The surgeon in charge of your bunion surgery will tell you how to prepare for your operation. If for example, you smoke, they may recommend that you stop because it can increase the likelihood of infection.

Typically, bunion surgery is done as a day-case surgery, meaning you will go home the same day as the surgery. It is worth getting your home ready prior to having the operation; it just makes it easier when you get home. You might want to move your furniture to make it easier to move around on crutches. You might also want to place any items you need a lot in a place where they are easy to get. Also, go shopping before the operation, get some frozen food and cans so that you don’t have to worry about going to the shop on crutches as this isn’t particularly fun. You may need some extra help around the home for a few days, if you live alone, see if a friend or relative can come by to give you a hand during the first few days.

You will either have general anaesthetic or a local anaesthetic when you have bunion surgery. General puts you to sleep, local blocks the pain in your foot and you’ll be awake during the operation. You can also have a bunion operation under spinal anaesthesia; this numbs you from the bottom of your spine down to your toes, so you won’t be able to feel your legs. Which one you receive depends on your medical history and a host of other things. Your surgeon will discuss which is best for you before you have the operation.

A general anaesthetic can make you feel unwell; this is why you can’t eat or drink for six hours before you have it. It’s vital that you follow your surgeon and anaesthetist’s advice, if you have any questions about what’s happening, just ask.

You might have to wear compression socks during the procedure, this is quite normal, the socks simply help keep your blood flowing through your legs.

Your surgeon will discuss what will happen during the surgery with you before the surgery takes place. They will also discuss what will happen afterwards. This isn’t something that we are going to go into here as everyone is different and so are the treatments and recovery time from operations like these.

We hope this article has helped you prepare for your bunion surgery. Don’t forget, if you have any questions about your bunion surgery, please ask the doctor or surgeon in charge of your case.