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my doctor has suggested double bunion surgery. What should I do ? This is my second opion. The first doctor suggested one foot at a time.
If you have the time to wait, I would say one foot at a time. If you have a lot of support at home, as well as a plan to make your home handicapped friendly, both at the same time may work for you. I had double bunion surgery on the right foot (first and fifth metatarsal). I was able to get around with a walker, but did need to spend time completely NWB due to a one week setback. It was terribly difficult to get around, and I was grateful it was only of short duration. There are people who have written on this board who had double bunion surgery and were happy they did. Look in the archieves if you don't get responses to this post. My surgery was five months ago, and I'm doing well. I will need the same surgery on the other foot eventually, but for now I'm enjoying my improved mobility.
Hi Murder 55 - I assume you mean both feet at once. It depends on the type surgery you are having done (extent of surgery) and as to how long you have to be NWB if at all and the opinion of your surgeon. I just had my second bunionectomy Oct 8th. The first was done 2 years ago. I asked my surgeon about doing both at once and because of the type I had to have done he said no because I had to be NWB for 8 weeks each time and that would have meant total wheelchair and bed. I couldn't do that so it was one at a time. Some bunion surgeries allow partial weight bearing right away so then I think it is doable.

Good luck and let us know what you decide.

Mary in NY
Sorry. I did understand that you meant surgery on both feet. What I was trying to say was that one at a time was manageable, two would be complicated but possible. I wanted to have both of mine done at the same time, but like RightfootMary, my doctor discouraged me from it. He said that I "Would not be a happy camper". But also like Mary, my surgeries were complicated, mine because it would be both sides of the foot, then x's two.
Good Luck.
it really depends on your lifestyle. if you have the time and someone to help you full time, then i say do both. if you dont, do 1 foot at a time.
All of the suggestions have been right on. It does depend on the procedures being done. If minimal then both feet at once is fine. The things you have to consider is how you are going to get around and do your daily activities. People do these activities even when they are instructed not to. You have to be able to get around. Doing both feet also has a higher complication rate associated to it. I always tell people that doing one foot is bad enough, both feet and they will hate me for doing it to them and wonder why they ever thought about needing foot surgery. They can't wait to be done with me and then about a year later they think i'm a good guy again after they've forgotten the bad times. Each situation is different and only you and your doctor can decide what is best in your situation.
If you are on no weight bearing for 10/14 days post surgical, both feet would be very difficult to do.
I was very cavalier when I went to check out having both feet done (severe bunions).
The pod said "no" to my idea.
I just needed to have the first surgery done to realize how impossible my life would have been had I had both feet done at the same time.
One would really have a minimal bunion surgery to consider this.
I did not realize how silly my idea was.
If you can fly, then it would be no problem.
That is how I felt about this afterwards.
If one follows the no weight bearing instructions, it is almost impossible to deal with the situation of two surgeries at the same time.
However, some people on this thread have coped OK with it.
I had a double bunionectomy and was very glad I did~ I agree that you should choose to do it only if you have good support and are well prepared. I was totally NWB for one week and [B]almost[/B] totally NWB for the second week. One of the benefits of having both feet done at the same time is that it encouraged compliance with the doctor's advice to elevate. I feel that keeping both feet up (and iced) consistently during those weeks was a key factor in what was a relatively quick and complete healing process for me. (If you CAN get around, you probably will~ and that is not necessarily a good thing. ;)) I was also glad to get all of the inconvenience, pain, etc. over with at once. I would have likely not have felt the same way if I had needed to be NWB for 6-8 weeks as some patients are. As others have said, you do need a lot of information from your doctor. The Double Bunionectomy Questions threads from spring of 2006 had tons of information about the pros & cons and good advice for anyone getting any kind of bunionectomy. Best wishes!
I did 5th metatarsals bunion surgery on both feet at the same time. I could walk on one foot, but the first 3 days I didn't want to at all and it was another week after that before I was steady enough on that foot to safely use crutches outside of the house. I'm glad I did both, but it was rough. I'm 27, strong, and flexible so I was able to scoot around on the floor and use crutches just fine. I was also able to move a wheelchair on the carpet in my apartment. It's a tough decision to make.





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