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I had a double bunionectomy and two hammertoes corrected in one surgery and I was very glad I did it all at once. A huge key to recovery is elevating and icing the affected foot and it was as easy to do that with two as one. I think that it might mean a bit more time off initially than if you did just one, but less total time off than you'd need for two surgeries. My doctor said I could go back to work in as little as two weeks if I absolutely had to, but only if I didn't have a big commute (IE, no driving myself or walking up to the el platform in Chicago, then walking several blocks to the office) and only if it was at a desk job where I could elevate my feet at least part of the day. I started walking (no casts, boots, or crutches; just very slowly and carefully) at two weeks and could make it around the block by four weeks. I was glad that I didn't have to work even then as I tired easily, but I could have if it was necessary. Ideally, it would be good to start back part time-- either short days or only 2 or 3 a week. If you do decide to do both at once, make sure you have a good support system. One thing that helped me be more idependent was having a college dorm type fridge with a freezer section right next to my bed. I was able to get fresh ice packs and drinks by myself, saving my family a lot of wear and tear-- especially in the middle of the night. Another thing I highly recommend is sitting in an inner tube periodically to take the pressure off your tail bone. It can get sore when you have your feet up for hours. (Before I got the tube, my butt was hurting more than my feet!) At this time of the year, it's easy to get them as cheap as a dollar almost anywhere. Good luck!

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