Prepare for Surgery

Anesthesia requirements for bunion surgery

The procedure may be performed under local, general or spinal anesthesia depending on the amount of work your Surgeon needs to do as well as your general medical health. You should discuss this with your surgeon as well as the anesthesiologist.  Local anesthesia means that the area (foot) will be anesthetically numbed, which is often performed in conjunction with some sort of sedation.  The sedation portion will make you drowsy and sleepy.  If a spinal anesthetic is required, then an anesthesiologist will temporarily numb you from the waste down.  If general anesthesia is needed, then an anesthesiologist will put you to sleep for the procedure.

Get your home ready

As with any surgery, you should prepare your home as well as arrange your support system.  Some things that may be helpful are:

  •     Stock the refrigerator and pantry.
  •     Cook some meals in advance to get you trough the first few days.
  •     Obtain ice packs and place them in the freezer.
  •     Place commonly used items in easy to reach places.
  •     Practice with crutches (if you will need them).
  •     Have extra-pillows to elevate your limb after surgery.
  •     Keep the phone near your bed and/or couch.
  •     Go to the bathroom before going to sleep.
  •     Purchase a shower protector to keep your bandages dry.
  •     Rearrange your furniture to allow for easy passage.
  •     Program your Surgeons phone # in your phone in case of emergency.
  •     Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  •     Get your pain medicine before the day of surgery.

How long will you be laid up and out of work?

Depending on your line of work, you could be back to work shortly after your surgery if you have sedentary job.  If your job requires walking and/or standing, you may be advised to take more time off.  Your Surgeon will tell you how long you should stay out of work.

In some employment situations, it may be helpful to plan your surgery around holidays and vacations.  Today, some people telecommute or have their work brought to their home.  Be sure to explore your options.

Disclaimer: All information on is informational.  It does not constitute medical advice.  For medical advice consult a licensed physician.