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Old 01-25-2012, 05:30 PM   #16
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Re: Out of town PTTD Surgery

I am almost 5 months post-op from having my PTTD surgery with Dr. Myerson. I can't begin to express how satisfied I have been -- with my surgery and the results from it! I finished with my physical therapy several weeks ago and am taking mile long walks, admittedly with some discomfort, but I am DOING IT!

I totally understand your concerns for your son. My daughter also has some foot issues and if it came to the point where she needed surgery, I would definitely have her see Dr. Myerson.

As you know, this surgery has a difficult recovery, but having an extremely talented and experienced surgeon can only help.

 
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I don't know how far you are from NYC but my doctor is at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He has lots of experience with flat foot reconstruction and did a great job for me.

 
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Re: Out of town PTTD Surgery

Hey loulee d!
YES, it was a good decision to go to Myerson for me. I had no complications and am at about 85-90% back to normal. Now some of that success has to be shared with my 2 rounds of PT and diligence at doing my exercises. If I had to have my other foot, I would do it the same way.

I stayed at Tremont Hotel for a few days before he allowed me to travel--ask for their special rate for hospital stays. I was worried about the drive home but it was not an issue for me.

My foot sounds like it was in a similar state as yours. He actually had to do an additional procedure once he got me in surgery. It added about an hour to the surgical time and also lengthened my non-weight bearing time. I really didn't mind, I just wanted to be able to walk again!

It can be hard to get in to see him. Sometimes he stops taking new patients but then he starts up again. Since you have time, you should be able to get an appt with him. It took me 3 months to get in for a consult but I was able to schedule my surgery a month later.

Good luck and let me know if you have ANY other questions--no matter how small!
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Re: Out of town PTTD Surgery

Personally, I wouldn't have travelled that far for anyone but Myerson. I too called in May for an August consult--my surgery wound up being Sept 6th. I went into the consult planning to stay in the Triangle for the surgery but he SO impressed me and my husband with his experience and expertise that we felt there was no other option for me.

 
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Re: Out of town PTTD Surgery

Do you recall how much in advance you had to be in Baltimore prior to your surgery? I have a consult with Dr. Myerson at the end of August and am trying to get a timeline in my head. If all goes well I am going to shoot for surgery early October. I will be going solo and need to arrange travel etc. Did you have any problem with refills on meds or unexpected glitches before your scheduled follow up appt? Thanks so much.

 
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Re: Out of town PTTD Surgery

Hi Ginger,
Be sure to let them know at your consult about going solo. I arrived the night before the surgery and spent the night at Tremont Hotel--be sure to ask for the special rate for patients. My surgery was outpatient so I was back before 3 pm to my hotel room. We used a taxi to go back even though it is so close. I returned 2 days later formy follow-up visit and was given the ok to go home--which we did thenext morning. I never went back to see him in person--no need. I did have a local office remove my stitches when it was timeand had x-rays taken and then sent to Dr. Myerson at about the 6 week mark. He reviewed them and called me himself and gave me the go ahead to begin weight bearing. Any questions I had, were quickly handled by his staff. The only prescription that I needed to be refilled was for a narcotic so they had to send it tome by mail, so don't wait till the last minute for that!
If you want more detail or have other questions, don't hesitate.
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Re: Out of town PTTD Surgery

Thanks for the quick reply! I have seen several other surgeons but haven't felt entirely comfortable with them. All the info I've read online about Dr. Myerson has been very encouraging, especially the idea that he is an foot/ankle specialist and not just a general ortho as my job requires me to be on my feet all day every day! Did you make the arrangements ahead of time with your local office regarding the stitches, x rays etc? I had my knee replaced here locally last year but this surgery is way beyond their scope.

 
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Re: Out of town PTTD Surgery

Sounds like you could use your general ortho--just see about it ahead of time. Since I did not have that connection, I actually asked my gyn (LOL) and her nurse did my stitches. I called the local radiology office-- they do general x-rays as walk-ins. Your situation sounds better. Once you meet Dr. Myerson, I think you will agree that it will be worth it.

 
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:58 PM   #24
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Re: Out of town PTTD Surgery

Kindred, thanks for your post, you give me hope for the future! I am 6 months post op and getting frustrated. I am having allot of pain in my arch and tendon to the point I feel like cutting my foot off at night. I'm also experiencing more numbness and my endurance is still low. The Dr says its because of my weight and the new tendon not being strong enough to hold me up yet. I'm waiting on workers comp to approve a UCB Orthotic to help take some of the pressure off my FDL tendon.
I have been to the Smokies several times and if you can go on a short hike there 1 year post op then I know that I can too. That is a beautiful National Forest and some o those hikes can take allot out of you. I think I might try it myself next year. :-)
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Re: Out of town PTTD Surgery

Have you done any PT? I've been going off & on since week 8. It has helped me a lot. I did get orthotics after I was feeling strained on the outside of my foot where I had the columnar lengthening done. Be patient, 6 months is still early. BTW, my husband says I am still limping but I keep working on it.

 
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Re: Out of town PTTD Surgery

I think that I have become the king of PT because I have been going off and on since my injury in November 2010. I was sent to PT for my foot at the 8 week post op mark in May. My therapist keeps reminding me how far I have come. I'm now to the point of using the machines, leg press, leg lifts, etc... I only have two weeks left, and they are recommending me to go for work conditioning to get my endurance back up. I also hope the brace helps out too, I trust my Dr.
Im not surprised that you are limping. Foot surgery takes allot to recover from, after all it is our foundation. I notice that I limp when my foot gets tired/sore. Just remember to walk heel to toe. They keep after me about that.
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Re: Out of town PTTD Surgery

Ginger, good luck to you. You will be fine, although you are probably getting anxious about it right now. The final result should make it all worth it in the end. It sounds like you are in good hands.

Kindred, it is so good to read of your progress it really gives me hope! I'm 6 months post op and having some trouble. I can't wait to be able to walk a mile, but not sure if I will be able to walk barefoot on the beach. That had to be an awesome experience after having foot problems for so long.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:19 PM   #28
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Planemark, at 6 months I was willing to settle for the discomfort because it was better than it had been (before & after surgery)but I'm glad I kept at it. It was like peeling an onion-- I would resolve one area of tightness or discomfort and another one would pop up. It was funny, this morning I got up and my good foot was tight and the repaired one felt fine! That's what we're shooting for, isn't it? Ok, I guess it would be best if nothing was stiff but age happens ;-)

Ginger --Yea, I think we are contemporaries and I am glad you are trying to get to a good place before surgery. Won't be long now... Keep us posted.

 
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Planemark, I think you are at the toughest period. You have gained so much back BUT it does not feel normal at all. At least that was my experience. Keep up with your PT exercises and keep your PT informed of where you may be having issues. I really felt normal just in the last month--after my 1 year anniversary. Hang tough! Btw, I can still barely do a single toe raise on my surgical foot, but I am working at it!

 
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