Re: Care after bunion surgery

I can answer your very good questions only in very general terms. When I discuss the surgery and the post op course with a patient, I address these issues in detail. There are different bunion procedures that might require different management. I do not know what you are having done, so I can't be sure what to tell you.
I do not let my patients touch the bandage at all. That means no getting the feet wet until I say so. It again depends on the procedure and the way the patient is responding. After many but not all bunion surgeries, I use a removable cast brace with velcro straps. This helps protect the feet. Some patients find it useful to use crutches, others walkers.

You should write these questions down and ask your doctor for specific pertinent answers.

Good luck.

Posted By Vivian Abrams DPM on January 10, 2004 at 20:27:17:

In Reply to: Care after bunion surgery posted by Senior Lady on January 10, 2004 at 14:49:06:

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