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Old 09-28-2011, 06:21 AM   #1
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Home after MORE surgery

Went in yesterday for big toe fusion and small toe k-wire. Came out with Flexion to Extensor Tendon of Toes, soft tissue surgery on toe joints and exploration of joint NEC, whatever that all means. I know that it hurts like mad and that I have to be completely NWB for at least 6 weeks!!! This wasn't in my plans so I am not very prepared. Oh well, at least I have some previous experience!

 
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Re: Home after MORE surgery

What were your plans when you anticipated going in for a big toe fusion?

If it is a fusion of the main toe joint (metatarsal-phalangeal joint), your NWB would have been 6 weeks as well. If it was the joint further out on the toe, then no real NWB period is needed. Why was there such a big change the day of surgery?

 
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Re: Home after MORE surgery

He said that I would have been able to bear weight through my heel had he not done the tendon transfer.

 
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Re: Home after MORE surgery

Wow, what a bummer. I think there would be a different prep for NWB compared to heel weight bearing. My toe fusion was also heel weight bearing, so I have half a clue.....

Did your surgeon say why the different procedure? Did you get the toe fused?
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Re: Home after MORE surgery

Yes, he fused the first joint and transferred the tendon lower down.His reasoning is that as the R foot has already had triple arthrodesis it would be better for my balance/co-ordination, to have some movement in the big toe. Also because my L foot is weak and suffering badly. (Bi-lateral talipes equinovarus) He's very understanding of my condition and I trust him to do what's best

 
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Re: Home after MORE surgery

Sounds like he did a decent thing. It is too bad he didn't give you advance warning of that possibility.

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Thankyou. I don't think he knew himself until he got in and had a rummage around. I hope I'll be glad he did it!!!

 
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Re: Home after MORE surgery

hope the surgery went well. its hard to be nwb, but you will get used to it. follow the drs directions and at the end it will all be worth it.

 
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Joy of joys........I will be having all 3 wires removed on my birthday!! One of them has embedded itself so he'll have to "dig" for it. I'm then looking forward to subtalar fusion of the L foot, using a bone graft and another big toe procedure, (as yet not determined). Hopefully this won't be too soon.

 
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Re: Home after MORE surgery

Cloud: I am so sorry to hear you needed more surgery and now another surgery after you recover! I'm not sure if it is a good thing or a bad thing to have been through it and know what to expect. Make sure you keep your foot elevated and take the pain pills.

 
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