I know that I am going to end up having a cheilectomy, but all I am reading is horror stories in here besides Titchous outcome. I would appreciate any info.
some people post routine operation, others end up having a fusion. Then Podiatrist or ortho foot spec. to use. I am really nervous about this, and would appreciate all info. Going to ortho foot spec on Tues. Noticed the bump about 10 months ago on my foot. But it is really starting to hurt.
sure would like to hear some positive stories
1st orthopedic surgeon I went to, basically said I can give you a shot, I can
cut it off now or 5 years from now, and said it was basically a 20 min. operation. Or he could fuse it, but did not recommend it. He did say if he cut
it, he would actually remove some of the top part of the toe also. He was not a foot specialist, and made me question myself even more about what to do. Hope next doctor can give me some hope. I do know he has done some NBA players that had spurs in their ankles.
Sorry, but this will be a little long, I'm sure. Hope this encourages you a lot! Yesterday I had a bilateral cheilectomy and osteotomy on BOTH feet! Was wheeled out to the car in a wheel chair, of course, but with crutches in hand. I started using them to get into the house, etc. when I got home. A little awkward trying use the crutches alone because of having to keep weight off of both feet, but I'll get it down!
So far I've done exactly what the doc told me to do in the next several weeks and I think all in all I'm going to do fine. Everyone at the hospital was incredibly nice and supportive, which made me feel that much more confident. I felt so good sleeping in the recovery area afterwards that I wanted to stay in theat room and sleep! Of course they moved me on. Do a search through all the threads and you'll find some good advice for after care. reply to this and I'll send em on next time I'm out of bed. My surgeon is very accomplished and is not a Podiatrist, which mostly I've read not to use one of those docs for this, use an orthopedic surgeon. Mine specializes in foot and ankle problems, as well. Another big plus. From my experience so far, I think that's great advice. I've had the added benefit of my doc being a nice guy and thouroughly explaining everything to me in detail before and after surgery. Seems to really care, and obviously loves his job. If you're not comfortable with yours, it's not too late for a second opinion and maybe switching to a new doc. Later on you could regret not getting a second opinion and maybe finding a doc you feel good about. Two people wrote me last week in a post I made about just what you're asking, and both said not to take to heart all of those horror stories. Not all I'm sure, but that for the most part, the ones who wrote those had other physical problems that contributed to what they percieve as a bad outcome to the foot surgery. And that people with success stories are too busy getting on with life to post anything about their experiences.
My sister had this done to one foot a couple of years ago and returned to her Pilates class at the end of a month and now does everything that she did before the surgery! Said she had none of the negative experiences that are written about on these boards. She's very happy she had it done and I think I will be too in the end. I already am, but not getting too overconfident just yet! My son graduuates from college in 9 days and I was worried I wasn't going to be able to go, but with how I'm feeling right now, I'll be there!!
Take care, Steve
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Cheilectomies work very well if they are performed correctly and when indicated. If there is very little arthritic changes in the joint (loss of cartilege) they work very well. If there is any significant cartilege damage they are going to fail and you will end up with a fusion. If there is significant damage don't even mess with the cheilectomy as you are not going to be happy. One thing about cheilectomies is that you have to start aggressive range of motion immediately or it will scar down and be stiff/painful. As to who should do it I think Steve is significantly misguided. The only person I would ever let do foot surgery on myself would be a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon or a ABPS board certified podiatric surgeon. Those are the only 2 that have any significant training in foot surgery. The average general ortho does very little foot surgery training so you can take your chances there as to if you'll have a good outcome. If they do the foot and ankle fellowship then they get the good training in foot surgery. I know that in my training I did close to 500 foot surgeries/year. I would not let a non board certified podiatrist touch me either. Go with whomever has a good reputation in your community whether they are a foot and ankle ortho or board certified podiatrist. In my community they work side by side and are employed by the same ortho groups.
I finally bit the bullet and had my long-postponed and long-feared cheilectomy Wednesday afternoon, three days ago. So far I have been almost pain free, just some very minor pain and occasional stinging at night. I stopped taking the Oxycodone pain pills and switched to Tylenol this morning. I don't think I even need that. I can place weight on the foot now, and I'll be able to try walking starting tomorrow. I'm age 65 and athletic. So far so good.
going for a second opinion tomorrow with a ortho ped surgeon that did a
foot/ankle fellowship and has done several NBA players. Thanks Jcpelly for the info. I am really nervous about this being only 43. Thanks Steve also.
PS I'm 46 and was nervous and a little worried about recovery, as the older we get the slower it is, but today I was walking without crutches and balancing significantly better than yesterday. Pain is much less, too! After only 4 days... and remember I had both feet done at once!
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Five days for me. I walked downstairs for the first time today and even went outside for a bit. Stairs are no problem now. I still can't walk far and only very slowly, but so far It's looking very good. My first post-op visit is one week from today.
going for second opinion in couple of hours. thanks guys for the positive notes. Yes steve, I had seen that you went to a foot/ankle ortho doctor.
Glad I am going to see the same type. Still nervous, did not sleep last night.
Yeah, what she said, both. Ouch... well, just because I don't have a leg to stand on (pun intended)! :^) I am walking pretty good now, although I tire out after a bit like joefine. Takes a lot of rest at first while things are healing, and following doc's orders. Glad you have a good doc for a second opinion! Let us know how it goes. Tough decision, I know, but talked with my sister this morning and she has no regrets. She was probably 50 when she had it done. I'll pray for you that your anxiety lessens, gbeach!
well, that is what I kind of thought, didn't know if that was a different medical term. Just got back from the doctor. Wants me to try the mortons
extension first, then if that doesn't work the cheilectomy is next. So I guess I will buy some motion controlled shoes, with the insert and take the naprosyn they prescribed and glucosamine and hope I can buy myself 5 years or so. He says I most likely dropped something on the toe. Said I wasn't a candidate for a fusion yet. Took me 4 hours to see him. Guess I'll hope for the best.
Well hey, that sounds good. You must not be that far along as far as damage goes. 5 years?! Wow. I was given the choice to do that other stuff, but he said I'd probably be back in 1 year for surgery, and may do more damage by that time. I'm sure I would have, given how active I am. We're talking possible fusion! Yikes! Sure don't want that. I was getting close to stage three, so mine were probably a lot worse than yours is. I hope all of that works really good for you!