Dr Basile performed my surgery (Lapidus arthrodesis for hallux valgus & osteoarthritis) in mid December of 2011. In other words, he operated on my big toe & the next toe to make them behave... & keep me from limping. I left the hospital on crutches & with an aircast boot, on which I could put limited weight. In 2 weeks, I no longer needed the crutches; I was walking with the airboot alone for the next 3 1/2 weeks.
Less than 6 weeks after the surgery, I gave up the boot to normal shoes. My foot was still swollen, but it fit in sneakers & all my leather boots.
By 8 weeks post-surgery, I was walking a mile...although more slowly than I used to.
I can't say that this kind of surgery is a day at the beach, but it was, in my experience, pretty much as Dr Basile had described it would be. He was able to tell me what I would experience for pain after the surgery (which was controlled by medicaton) as well as the length of time it would likely take me to recover.
When it came time to remove the pin from my foot, he was accurate about what I would experience during the procedure.
He has a confident yet very gentle bedside manner, but even more than that: If Dr Basile hasn't experienced all of these things himself (which I doubt he has), he has listened very carefully to his mostly female patients for this particular surgery. Any male physician who listens so carefully to women (& is so gentle) deserves a 10 in my scoring!