So, here’s a secret about me. Sometimes I imagine the worst. Before I board a plane, I worry about dying in a plane crash. Yes, the risk is very tiny, but I worry about it. (Never mind that I get in my car multiple times a day and the risk of dying in a car accident is much greater. Logic doesn’t prevail in these kinds of circumstances.)
I had only a 2.5 week window from the time I knew I’d need foot surgery to the actual time I had it. Luckily, that didn’t give me much time to panic, but I did worry about the actual surgery and yes, the small chance that I might die. I was so worried about these things, that I didn’t think of the pain of recovery. I don’t know if that’s a blessing or a curse, because the pain hit me by surprise.
Warning–graphic pictures at the end of the post.
The Austin Bunionectomy & Tailor’s Bunion Surgery
First, though, surgery itself was a breeze. The staff was nice and the anesthesia worked right away. I was wheeled into the operating room, I saw people getting things ready, and then I was out. I didn’t wake up until I was in recovery. After about 30 minutes in recovery, I was on my way home.
The First 72 Hours of Recovery
The first 6 hours after surgery were easy. My foot was still numb, and I had no adverse reactions to the anesthesia. Within an hour of getting home, I ate lunch. But then, late in the afternoon, the swelling started, and with it, the pain.
I took pain medicine, and at first, that worked fine. However, about 12 hours after surgery, the pain medicine, which I took every 4 hours, only worked for about an hour. With each dose that I took, it would take about an hour to kick in, then I’d have an hour of moderate relief (but the pain never completely went away), and then the last two hours I was in serious pain waiting to take my next dose of pain medicine.
The 12 to 24 hours after surgery were the roughest. My pain level was easily a 6 or 7 on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest. But when I hit the 36 hour mark, it was not so painful, and I felt the swelling go down.
By the third day, I only needed to take two pain pills, every 10 hours or so. (That was a great improvement from the six pills a day I had taken the first 48 hours.) I didn’t need any pain medication after the third day.
After surgery, I also took the homeopathic remedy Arnica every two hours or so to help reduce swelling. I continued to take Arnica the first week.
My First Doctor’s Appointment
Six days after surgery, I was ready for the big reveal! The nurse removed the bandages, and I was shocked by how narrow my foot was! I am used to such a wide foot that it looked weird to me to have a “normal” foot.
The foot was, of course, badly bruised, but the incisions looked great. I was given permission to begin showering again, and I was also given a walking boot to use.
Hopefully recovery will go quickly now!