Re: Best time for surgery?
I just had surgery to reconstruct my ankle and foot because of flat foot. It turns out that I have an accessory navicular bone in both feet which eventually led to my arches breaking down. My foot was all mis aligned. Surgery was recommended 2 yrs ago, I got 2nd opinion then and decided to try orthotics. They helped and continue to help my right foot, but the left just got worse. I was born with the extra bones. I remember as a kid spraining my ankles all the time...my mom said I had weak ankles. I couldn't do sports much because I was always spraining ankles...I thought I was just a klutz. But my arches weren't fallen yet, so I didn't have that pain yet. But I have had pain all my adult life with my feet, leading to knee pain and eventually 5 knee surgeries. So maybe it is best to have this done while your daughter is young and recover quickly.
The procedures I had done are at the bottom of my post. Very invasive. I had it done 13 days ago and had my first post op visit yesterday. All is healing well, and I got my temp splint removed, saw my incisions and got put in a cast. I am non weight bearing for 8 wks. I get the cast off in 5wks and get a walking boot and can start bearing weight gradually.
I will admit that my first week was hellish. HAVE to keep up with the pain meds and keep ahead of the pain. But after about 5 days or so, I didn't need my pain meds any longer. Every once in a while, I get twinges and take some Aleve. But it is soooo important to elevate and rest and ice. Even with my cast on, I am always sitting and elevating. My doctor told me that I can drive anytime I feel up to it now. And I can return to work March 4..that is a few days shy of 4 wks out of work. And he wants me to do half days the first week, to ease into it.
In my opinion, if your daughter does well after her surgery, I don't see why she couldn't get back to school within 3-4 wks. I would say that the wheelchair would be her best bet for getting around until she can start bearing weight just because of all the books they carry, etc. I am renting a knee scooter and it's great to have for right after surgery. But I will eventually have to switch to crutches. Once I get to start bearing weight, I have to have the assistance of crutches because they don't want you bearing full weight right away. I, too, feel that it would be asking a lot for her to do both foot surgeries in the same year. But she's so young, she may be up for it..depending on how her first one goes. If I was told I should to my other foot by the end of this year, I'd say forget it! But then, I'm 51 ys old and that makes a huge difference.
Good luck with whatever you decide. It sounds like the school will work well with you for the time she has to be off if it's other than summer time. By the way, my daughter also has the extra bones in both her arches...she had the surgery too, not quite as involved as mine but had to have PTT done. She was 24 and in the AF at the time, She is really gald she did the surgery because now she is back to her running and other athletics she loved to do. She convinced me to do my surgery.
2/6/13: Cuneiform neck lengthening, Calcaneus Osteotomy, Brostrum procedure, Peroneal tendon repair, accessory Navicular bone excision, Gastrocnemius Recession
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