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overnight stay for bunion surgery?

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by voodoochil3, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. voodoochil3

    voodoochil3 New Member


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    I haven't seen anyone stay overnight in like, 20 years, but my surgeon told me to plan on staying overnight for mine on 9/2. I've already had that foot operated on 2x with no success, so he is doing an open wedge base osteotomy with allograft and some soft tissue work (a release?) on the inside of my great toe. He said I'll be in a cast and NWB for 6-8 weeks.

    Does this sound normal to any of you? Has anyone had an overnight stay in the hospital for a foot surgery?

    Any responses are greatly welcome!
     
  2. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

    Until the mid to late 80's rarely would insurance companies blink at covering a 3 or 4 day stay in the hospital for most bunionectomies. It was routine to admit patients to the hospital the day before surgery and discharge them a couple of days after surgery. But them days are gone forever, unless the patient wishes to foot (no pun intended) the bill. Now-a-days you have to almost die on the table before an insurance company will even consider allowing an overnight stay for a bunionectomy. I have essentially been told that by one insurer, and I would be hard pressed to consider operating a bunion patient with so many serious medical problems that a hospital stay would be required for safety. Are you or your insurer paying for your hospital stay?
     
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2010
  3. voodoochil3

    voodoochil3 New Member

    Footdoc,
    It is considered "short stay" as opposed to inpatient, so I can stay up to 23 hours post-op and they will cover it.

    I do have one other question, though, how long does the average open wedge surgery take? I know times will differ from surgeon to surgeon and additional things they have to fix while they are in there, but a round about average would be appreciated.
     
  4. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

    Surgical speed varies among surgeons, but if you are talking about a single bunionectomy with an osteotomy, I would think that no more than an hour of OR time would be scheduled, and that would include from the time you are gurneyed in until the time you are sent to recovery. But why not ask your own surgeon?
     
  5. voodoochil3

    voodoochil3 New Member

    I forgot to ask at my preop. I had a list of questions, but missed that one. Thank you for your response :)
     
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