The internet is filled with horror stories about unsuccessful neuroma surgeries. Some of them are so frightening it would scare us off from having the procedure. Well I thought it would be worthwhile to report news of a successful surgery. I am just sorry I waited so long (2 years) to decide on this.
I think there are a few secrets to this success:
1 - Find the very best orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon you can. Don't have a podiatrist do it. Have an MD specialist surgeon do it in a hospital setting with good anesthesia.
2 - Have someone home to help you for the first 14 days after surgery. Do as little as possible on your feet. Keep your foot elevated as much as you can, even while you are sleeping.
3 - Take your pain meds as directed and stay ahead of the pain. If the surgery is done correctly you will not have that much pain post-surgery.
4 - Stay hopeful. There is life after neuroma.
I hope this helps others who are worried about this. It's really not as bad as some of the internet horror stories would have you believe.
Thank you so much for posting this. My mother and I both had successful neuroma removals. The ONLY people I know of whio did not, I met on this board. Everyone I know here has had a good outcome. Your first suggestion is the best! The rest will depend on the directions given to you by your own particular surgeon. Mine gave me different instructions. But like you, I followed them. Those are the keys - a good surgeon and a compliant patient!
I don't know anything about Indianapolis medical specialists. However, if you live anywhere near a large university teaching hospital I would start there. Look for a foot/ankle surgeon. Check his/her educational credentials as well as where they did their residency and fellowship work. Once you find the doctors you are interested in, Google them. There are several websites that provide feedback on doctors from patients. Good luck.
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