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Old 01-23-2011, 02:39 PM   #1
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Bunion surgery and hypermobility

Hi there. I'm scheduled for surgery to correct severe hallux valgus on both feet in 6 weeks time. I am not sure of the specific surgery, as my surgeon calls it a 'Barouk Osteotomy' and google search results in nothing of use. I believe though they break the bones and put in temporary screws and (maybe permanent) plates.

Anyway, I have the added complication of having hypermobility syndrome. I know that my recovery could be a little different and slower due to this, and I wanted to know if anyone else on here who has had bunion surgery has also been hypermobile and what their experiences were, as it is really hard to find information about it and as I'm going through the NZ public system it is even harder to get information out of the hospital! I am considering going to Japan for a year on the JET programme you see, and I would have to leave 5 months after my operation, but I wouldn't want to accept going if it is wishful thinking that I will be healed enough.

I would greatly appreciate hearing peoples experiences, even if you aren't hypermobile it would be great to know how long it took to fully recover.

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Old 01-23-2011, 10:23 PM   #2
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Re: Bunion surgery and hypermobility

Hello! I just had osteotomy for halux valgus, removal of accessory navicular bone, and repair of posterior tibial tendon 5 1/2 weeks ago. I was diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers Danlos a few months ago. Do you also have Ehlers Danlos? I am still recovering from the surgery...keep in mind I basically had 2 surgeries at the same time, though. I had 2 large external fixator pins, removed at 4 weeks post op, which believe it or not weren't painful at all. I have a permanent internal plate and screw. I am still in a cast (to be removed in 4 days-YEAH!) and will then wear a hard boot for another 2 weeks before I'm allowed to bear weight. My doc said he would normally have let me bear weight at 6 weeks but wanted to wait a total of 8 since I have a connective tissue disorder. From this site, it looks like most are able to bear weight sooner, so that may be a result of my tendon repair, not sure. I consider myself to have a fairly high pain threshold (I had "natural" childbirth last spring followed by 3 arterial dissections which came with excruciating headaches) However, I have found that I have been in a lot more pain than I would have anticipated, most all of it coming from the bunion area. My toe is almost completely numb and I am barely able to wiggle it. Doc says that's abnormal and there may be damage secondary to my having more fragile tissues, not sure. He says there's nothing to do right now but wait and see. I don't mean to sound so negative, as things seem to have started to show progress this past week. Definately make sure you have an orthopaedist do your surgery, not a podiatrist. Also, if you are treated by a specialist for your hypermobility, it might be wise for them to speak with your surgeon about any special considerations. Sorry for the long post, but I too have found little help for my questions.

 
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:14 AM   #3
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Re: Bunion surgery and hypermobility

Thanks for the reply donefellapart.

My procedure is being done by an orthopedic surgeon, the best that my city has to offer. I have actually not heard about Ehlers Danlos syndrome before. It was my orthopedic surgeon who first diagnosed me as being hypermobile, and I was looking at the notes he sent to my GP and the exact phrasing he gives is "Familial Joint Laxity" and "Connective Tissue Laxity". Some pages online say that FJL is another name for Ehlers Danlos so perhaps I should see a specialist about it. I guess to write that my surgeon understands and will take it into account in the operation.

I am glad you shared with me! Thank you and hope you recover fast!

 
Old 01-24-2011, 05:43 AM   #4
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Re: Bunion surgery and hypermobility

You can have hypermobility without Ehlers Danlos. Search Ehlers Danlos on the web and find their national (USA) foundation website. It is very good and has the different types listed with the other associated features of the disorder. If you end up needing to see a specialist for differential diagnosis, I was finally diagnosed in the pediatrics genetics clinic (even though I'm 33 years old). You will not find too many doctors outside of specialists who are too familiar with it, or even really how hypermobility should be treated differently. Good luck!! Let me know how your foot surgery turns out!

 
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