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Thank you for reading this and responding.Am trying to prepare for post bunion surgery.
Will have both feet operated on.From what I’ve read here, ice and ibuprofen help.and here are my q’s:(1) What equipment will be helpful?
i.e. walker, wheel chair, commode, wedge pillow, cane?(2) During the first week what position of body is required: reclining or laying down(3) Re elevation of feet – above heart or even with waist?(4) How to prevent atrophy of body?
e.g. Can I move legs and feet and do sit ups? What kinds of exercise are allowed?(5) Should I avoid getting my feet wet and use only washrag for bathing?(6) Can I slide on butt to get to bathroom?(7) Can I walk on the heels or will balance be bad?(8)How does one handle bathing?
Washrag? or?
What else should I know or what would be helpful to know or have in the house?Very appreciatively,Senior Lady

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  1. : From what I’ve read here, ice and ibuprofen help.: and here are my q’s:: (1) What equipment will be helpful? i.e. walker, wheel chair, commode, wedge pillow, cane?: (2) During the first week what position of body is required: reclining or laying down;: (3) Re elevation of feet – above heart or even with waist?: (4) How to prevent atrophy of body? e.g. Can I move legs and feet and do sit ups? What kinds of exercise are allowed?: (5) Should I avoid getting my feet wet and use only washrag for bathing?: (6) Can I slide on butt to get to bathroom?: (7) Can I walk on the heels or will balance be bad?: (8)How does one handle bathing? Washrag? or?: What else should I know or what would be helpful to know or have in the house?: Very appreciatively,: Senior Lady

  2. 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.

    • I would like some information on whether I can wash my foot after having a bunion osteotomy. It has been 4 weeks since my operation and I have been changing my bandages regurlarly but havent as yet washed it. My surgeon didn’t give me any instructions and I can not contact him about this.. I see him next week which will be 5 weeks after surgery.. please help me thanks.. : You should write these questions down and ask your doctor for specific pertinent answers. : Good luck.

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