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Definitely, positively, absolutely go for it! I had terrible bunions and hammertoes way back in 1998...saw a doctor but was too scared of the whole thing and cancelled the surgery. feet only got worse over time and I had both feet done three weeks apart in July. Not fully recovered yet and still healing, especially the second foot done at the end of July, but am so happy I had the surgeries. Yes, I did have to have a second minor surgery on both feet 2 weeks ago, but my feet were SO bad that I was not surprised. Not everyone has to have a second incision; my doc, a podiatric surgeon, wanted my feet to be as perfect as he could make them. Pain, yes, for a little over a week after each foot was initially done, but not unbearable by any means. Nothing was as bad as I feared it would be and I managed fine even though I live alone in a five floor walk-up. You will be just fine and be so glad once it is done.

Marianne :wave:
Hi Fran,

Not sure if you're still following this thread, but I thought I'd put in my 2 cents.

I can totally relate to how you're feeling. I was so scared about it that I wanted to back out many times before I eventually had it done. Since then, the surgery and recovery have gone much better than I ever thought they would.

Let me preface my post by saying it's a very difficult and personal decision to have surgery and obviously you have to do what is best for you. My advice would be to ask questions, questions and more questions (make a list) from your doctor about the procedures you're having done (good to get second opinion). Also, talk to other patients of his or hers who've had it done and see what their experiences have been. It's surgery and there are definitely risks you need to consider beforehand.

I had a double bunionectomy about three weeks ago by a podiatrist in-office (he has an adjoining surgical suite). The surgery was painless and I was able to walk out in surgical boots afterward. Once home, for the next few days I kept on top of my pain meds (even getting up at regular intervals at night to take them) so I have felt no significant pain since the surgery - more soreness and a couple of sharp pains if I banged my foot on something, but besides those instances, the pain has been more than manageable.

I was very conscientious about post-surgical orders like keeping feet elevated, icing, staying off my feet as much as possible. I went as far as to rent a wheelchair to get around which I think you should definitely consider if you want to be mobile. It may be overkill, but I've wanted to be as conservative about recovery as possible so I can get better faster and so far it's worked out well. I'm into my third week and can walk around fine although it's difficult to walk in the surgical boots (I can't wait to get out of these #@$#%# things!) so I still use a wheelchair.

You mentioned that you are concerned about being homebound for a long time. If you're an active person, I would caution you to consider not getting both done at the same time. Other people may disagree, but my experience has been that for better recovery, I've strictly limited what I do. You will also need someone there for you quite a bit at least the week if not two weeks following surgery, to help you.

I wish you the best in your decision and hope all goes well.

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