Yes, of course, there is no surgery that is painless.  However it probably won’t be as bad as you think it will be.  Pain levels depend on many factors including: pain tolerance, type of procedure, severity of the bunion, and how much your tissues swell which is highly dependent on your ability the follow post op instructions. Most of our patients take pain medicine pretty consistently for 3-5 days post surgery.  Between day 5 and 7 most patients have decreased to 1-2 pain pills per day and by 2 weeks postoperative 95% of patients are off all pain meds. 

Dr. Misty McNeill
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