My Upcoming Procedure May or May Not Be This Bad...
I've just started seeing a new podiatrist, who says he'll not know for sure which part of the bone he'll work on until he gets in there. Sound okay so far? Is that how it was with you? For now, I have some infection, which happens a lot, taking antibiotic for that.
If he can operate on the second joint from the end of the toe, no cast will be required and I will be able to walk on it right away. (But I'm diabetic, in my 70's, and haven't told him I'm rather a slow healer.) If he has to go farther up on the foot, I'd have to wear the cast 8 wks. I don't think he said a removeable one, and I'd prefer to avoid all that, of course, but sometimes get infections, open sore called a diabetic ulcer on my bunion callus, and if that ever doesn't respond to antibiotics I risk amputation.
I'm afraid of general anesthetics. They once had a little trouble waking me up. Also I don't like the "Twilight Sleep" they used to use 50 yrs ago for childbirth. You're not supposed to remember anything but it doesn't help with the pain at all, and I did remember, with horror. With my last child I'm not sure I had anything for pain at all, and it was much much easier. There may have been something in an IV.
Were you told early on that you'd require the farthest from the end of the toe operation? Did you have an implant? I've just been looking up the various latest procedures, and there's a picture of the device that's implanted, has its own projections at each end, instead of screws being required. I had lens implants with cataract surgery a couple of years ago and still feel a little bad about losing my natural lenses, didn't know then that there's someone nearby who would have saved them. I have so much diabetic retina damage, my own lenses sure worked a lot better, seems to me. This is getting scary, not knowing definitely that my foot surgery will be the simpler kind. Some doctors, dentists, etc., like to give you a worst case scenario to cover them, when they go creative.
On the registration forms, I was asked if I'd ever been part of a lawsuit, odd question. I liked his enthusiasm, but guess I should look up the record if I can remember where you do that. It's probably against the rules here to post it, if anyone knows. I'll do a search.
Hope your recovery continues okay and thanks for posting about the experience.
Last edited by Eagle; 05-29-2008 at 08:00 AM.