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If I were you I'd get a second opinion, and unless the bunions are causing you alot of pain, don't have the surgery.
I'm 3 weeks post op from bunion surgery, and I'm not gonna lie, it's been very painful, mostly the first week and a half (child birth was easier lol!)
I had to have the surgery because of complications the bunions were causing me I have 3 stress fractures, 2 on my left first metatarsel and one on my right first metatarsel. I have no cartilige between my big toes and the bone below (bone rubbing on bone both feet)and very bad flat feet and was in severe pain wearing any kind of shoe. Being barefoot even hurt some days.
I now have one desolvable pin in side of my foot and one pin outside of my foot (that will be removed in about 3 more weeks) no bone fusion though. I go back in a few weeks and get to have the other foot done, which I'm not really looking forward to it though but I guess if it has to be done...
My toe is still the same lenght as it was before, as far as the scar, for me it's still to early to tell, I just got my stiches out today (yeah) my toes are still purple and swollen, and still have some pain, not much though. Am I sorry I had it done, yes and no, yes because of the pain and inconveince I'll be off work for about 12 weeks with no income which really sucks. But I'm hoping in the long run I'll have less pain than when I started. Healing time varies from person to person, but my doc said it could take up to a year for it to heal.
But be sure to get a second opinion, I got 3 they all said I needed it.
Hope this helps
I had what sounds like the same problem, but I'd had my bunions for many years before I finally had surgery. I was 56 when I had a double bunionectomy/hammertoes surgery. (I'm 58 now.) I did not have fusion and am totally mobile. I've occasionally worn heels since the surgery, but only ones that are about 2" high. I think my feet look fine, although one of my second toes curves a bit. It isn't noticeable and since it doesn't hurt, I don't care. If my big toes are shorter, I can't tell. (They were pretty bent before.) My feet aren't perfect, but they're much better both in appearance, and most importantly, freedom from pain.





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