It’s been a little over 6 months since I’ve had lapidus bunionectomy performed on my left foot; with the help of some surgical screws – my 1st metatarsal has fused in place with the first cuneiform. Because I was informed by my surgeon and physical therapist that most people don’t bother having the screws removed, I was pretty set on doing just the same. Besides, I wasn’t too fond of the idea of having to go through the hassle of being put asleep and getting my foot cut up again! Unfortunately, the screws were becoming evidently uncomfortable every time I wore tighter shoes (the screws aren’t completely embedded into the foot, so I can feel them rubbing against my shoes) or walked for longer periods of time. I decided to go ahead and get the screws removed to eliminate the discomfort and strain on the left foot. Not to mention, my surgeon said it’d give my foot more flexibility to wear heels more comfortably again – that definitely gave me the boost of encouragement needed going into my surgery.
I went in last Friday to get the screws removed and recovery has been going well. Other than getting a bit freaked out after seeing how big the actual screws were, everything else has been smooth. The procedure itself was fast and simple with two small incisions and stitches. I am in a walking boot for another week, and then I think I’ll be finally free once and for all. As for when I’ll get my right bunion fixed? Hopefully by the end of the year! I can’t wait until this is all over…this has all been too long of a process! I have gained a total of 10 pounds since my surgery from all the sitting and I am ready to work it off.
-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
Hope everyone had a wonderful week!