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.