hi again - i have thought more about the StaR surgery and wanted to share some - stayed two nights in the hospital and was able to control pain with the nerveblock gadget - this gadget also came home with me and lasted for another three days (i think) and my husband took it out - no big deal. i was then on percocet for another few days - but pain was pretty much under control. after percocet i had some other drug but not that heavy. i had a wheelchair which works better for me than crutches - it hurt when the foot was down and i can work better in the kitchen with two hands. i just looked at my calendar and i see that i went to the theatre one month after surgery and took a one week trip to the seaside six weeks after surgery. so life could not have been that bad. can only wish you good luck!
as for my upcoming surgery - no the STAR is still good - they will go around it and i will still be able to move the ankle up and down but not sideways.
my doctor's advice is the three E's: elevate, elevate, elevate!