How long does it take to recover from bunion surgery?
There is no simple answer to this question since all surgeries and all patients are different. The most common bunion surgery in America is an Austin bunionectomy. This takes 8-10 weeks for recovery. 4 weeks in a walking cast boot, then 4 weeks in a sneaker. Another common bunion surgery is a Lapidus fusion. Our physicians utilize the Lapiplasty 3D bunion correction allowing patients to bear weight in a boot in just a several days, versus traditional Lapidus surgery that required non-weightbearing casting for 4-8 weeks. Lapiplasty patients are in a walking boot for 6-8 weeks, and slowly progress to full weightbearing during their recovery while in a walking boot. This procedure takes 12 weeks for full recovery. Discuss your particular surgery with your surgeon, as all patients recover at different rates.