{Surgery} Lapidus Bunionectomy

My bunions were inherited, but it doesn’t help that I have always loved wearing pointy shoes and heels. To prevent future foot arthritis, greater toe deformity, and greater pain, I knew early on that I needed and wanted procedure done to correct both bunions. After all, I am still in my early 20s, and I have yet to travel and explore all the places I’ve always dreamed of going. Most of you know that I have a big heart for traveling and there’s so much I still want to see and revisit…

So, it’s been 5 days since I’ve had lapidus bunionectomy performed on my left foot, and it definitely has not been what I expected (other then the pain, of course). What did the procedure consist of? The cutting and moving over of my whole 1st Metatarsal and being repositioned with 2 surgical screws and also having my proximal phalanges corrected (ew…I know!). So, now I have to wait for my 1st Metatarsal to fuse and mend in place with the first cuneiform. Embarrassingly, using crutches has been a bigger challenge then what I anticipated (I was warned…); my upper part of the body and right leg are sore from all the extra energy I have to put into carefully pulling myself around. It is a complete hassle since my left foot has to be constantly elevated and has been strictly advised not to touch ground for 6 weeks. I have to make sure that I am not putting any kind of pressure on the foot and onto the toe. Whoever knew that a splint can be so heavy??! I just can’t wait to get this splint off, my left leg feels like it is starting to rot away…ugh



This procedure has made me all the more thankful for my two legs, realizing what a big difference it is without one! So thankful for painkillers, friends, family, and my puppy…they have made the pain and recovery process somewhat more bearable.  My dearest mother has been up and around the clock, making sure I am okay and pampering me; I seriously don’t know what I would do without her. I am glad that this procedure has given me more snuggle time with Hermès! God is good! Praying for a speedy and smooth recovery :)

Although, this it going to be a loooonnng recovery…I look awfully forward to being able to walk normally and freely again..and then comes my right foot! Oh boy!

So thankful and grateful for everyone’s get well wishes! I feel so blessed and spoiled!


-Timeline of surgery & recovery –

Jan 16 2013 – Surgery // lapidus bunionectomy
Jan 29 2013 – Road to Recovery // from splint to cast
Feb 27 2013 – Road to Recovery // cast to walking cast
Mar 25 2013 – Road to Recovery // walking cast off (no post)
Jun 28 2013 – Surgery // surgical screw removal
Jan 16 2014 – Surgery // one year later + FAQs






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  4. Jenna

    Hi. My name is Jenna. I am scheduled for same procedure in 2 days. I’m really nervous. How has your recovery been so far? Was there a lot of pain?

  5. Hi Jenna! Nice to meet you :) Recovery has be super long, but it was what I expected already. I had a great surgeon, and am really happy with the type of procedure he chose for me. I expected a lot more pain, but it really hasn’t been anything I can’t handle. I was off pain killers by day 2. Feel free to email me if you have anymore questions leqoomui@gmail.com GOOD LUCK!!!

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