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How long do you need to be off work after bunion surgery?

I am a 39 year old female. I want to know how long do you need to be off work after bunion surgery?

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It depends on the type of bunion surgery and also on the type of work you do. For example if you do sitting work you may be able to return within two or three weeks. If you’re on your feet all day or do a lot of walking it may take two or three months before you can safely return. The best is to take advice from the podiatrist or orthopedic foot specialist that is treating you.
Depending on the type of surgery need to fix the bunion, you could be non-weight bearing anywhere from 4-8 weeks. You can return to work if it is a sedentary position about a week after surgery as long as you can be compliant with non-weight bearing (a knee scooter is easier to use than crutches).
It depends on the type of bone cuts that are required. Typically, it is 4-6 weeks non-weight bearing (some docs allow heel only WB) and you can generally expect to improve for several months after surgery. I tell my patients it is a full year before they stop getting better.
It takes 3 months to recover. If you have a sit job, you could work in a few days in a boot if you can prop your foot up. The more standing or physical labor you do, the longer you will have to be off of work.

Hope it helps!!

Dr. Bose
If you have any bony procedure during the bunion surgery, you will not be able to bear weight on that foot for 6 to 8 weeks. If you do not have any bony procedure, you will be able to bear weight on your foot right after the procedure.
Best wishes.
This depends on work requirements, foot involved and type of procedure. Sedentary job and left foot can return within week. Job requirement requiring standing, walking, labor, driving could require 3-6 weeks or more depending on procedure. Should discuss this with surgeon prior to procedure. Good luck.
Usually 4-6 wks depending upon your occupation
I don’t do bunion surgery, but it would definitely depend on what type of work you do. The ability to drive would be affected by which foot, so that would also be a factor.