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Hey you. You must be feeling quite anxious about the surgery. Try to ease your mind so that your body can heal properly.

I'm 8 days post op from a double bunionectomy and triple hammertoe correction on each foot. I also had some hardware put in: two permanent screws for each bunion (austin procedure) and one temporary pin in each toe. So far I've been feeling fantastic! I took pain meds for three days following the surgery (the first one about 8 hours after coming home since the anesthesia was still in effect). I honestly didn't feel pain EVER but was taking the meds every six hours just to be sure that real true pain never kicked in. More than anything you will feel uncomfortable. It's interesting to feel the day by day differences in feeling:

Day 1: Still numb from the anesthesia (I also had an ankle block with IV sedation "twilight"). My feet felt heavy and numb, very numb actually, like pins and needles. You could tell that they were swollen but not discolored or anything.
Day 2 and 3: Still some numbness. Sort of like my feet were asleep. I kept applying pressure to my toe nail to see how quickly the pinkness returned, just to be sure I was getting circulation.
Day 4: I can sorta feel the pins. I'd like to wiggle my toes to be sure they're still mobile but that's probably not a good idea.
Day 5 onward: My incisions feel tight. It doesn't hurt or burn but I feel some sort of pulling. It helps when I have them elevated.

Two days ago I began taking ibuprofen three times daily to control the swelling. For me, the less swelling the less pain. Also, doctors have said time and time again that the first few days are most important to the overall recovery so it is important to keep swelling down to a minimum. Elevate and ice as much as humanly possible!

I did some research that you might be interested in. Supposedly zinc helps your body heal faster so since you're still in your presurgery days you may want to check with your doctor to see if you can take a supplement. Also, lots of vitamin C in the days leading up to surgery helps as well, but again, check with your doctor!

Anyway, good luck and keep those questions coming!

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