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How Soon Can I Return to Work after Bunion Surgery?

Dr. Neal Blitz

“I need a bunionectomy, but I’ve been avoiding bunion surgery because I hear there’s a long recovery time, and I can’t afford to miss work. What should I do?”

It’s normal to be concerned about bunion surgery recovery times, especially with older procedures like the Lapidus bunionectomy. Most people with bunions have busy lives, jobs, and hobbies to return to. And while you already know the bunion surgery before and after pictures will be worth the wait, you’ll be even more excited to learn that some bunion surgery procedures have a much shorter recovery time than they used to.

Returning to work depends in which bunion surgery you have.

Historically, surgical treatment of large bunions can require the patient to be non-weightbearing, in a cast and crutches. Many of the surgeons who perform traditional Lapidus procedures still take this approach. But patients who opt for the Bunionplasty® procedure can look forward to a different experience.

In general, it takes about six weeks after bunion surgery for the bone to fully mend. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be laid up in bed for a month and a half. With a bunionectomy approach like the Bunionplasty® 360 Bunion Repair™ procedure created by Dr. Blitz, patients can walk the same day as their surgery – No Casts No Crutches®.

Will I really be able to work after bunion surgery?

Dr. Blitz, who’s known as the Bunion King®, was the pioneer of the “early walking lapidus bunionectomy.” Today, his Bunionplasty® procedure uses his patented technology and patent-pending techniques to re-align and stabilize the bones of the foot. This allows patients to walk immediately after their bunion surgery.

Can you work full time right after bunion surgery? That’s a different question. It depends on what your job is.

If you have a desk job or spend most of the day sitting, you could go back to work the very next day after the Bunionplasty® procedure – especially if your job is remote or you can get permission to work from home. But it’s never a bad idea to take a few days off to rest, if you can.

If your job requires you to be on your feet, or if your commute includes a lot of walking or standing, you might need to wait a bit longer to go back to work after bunion surgery.

In general, Bunionplasty® procedure patients are walking in sneakers at six weeks, and returning to normal activities and footwear like high heels after just two months.

Will my bunion surgery require a cast and crutches?

Unlike traditional bunionectomy procedures, Dr. Blitz’s Bunionplasty® procedure allows patients to walk immediately after the procedure. With the Bunionplasty® procedure, walking recovery means No Casts No Crutches®, just a small surgical sandal.

The Bunionplasty® procedure is performed in an outpatient surgical center, sometimes called an ambulatory surgical center or ASC. There’s no overnight stay, and you can be home and resting the same day. You’ll also learn how to ice your foot after bunion surgery, along with other simple post-op instructions.

Of course, if you have another foot surgery at the same time as your bunionectomy, like hammer toe surgery or a procedure to correct polydactyly, your recovery will be different.

Bottom line: if you need bunion surgery and can’t afford to miss a lot of work, the Bunionplasty® procedure could be the ideal solution for you.

Updated May 30, 2024

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