Well I did it! Its abt 12 hrs after my TA w tendon split Achilles lengthening toe lift and heal and metatarsal shift. Pains abt an 8 or so w morphine. Still have nerve block. The pains a deep ache arnd the heal area. Not looking 4ward 2 when the block wears off.
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I had mine on Tuesday. Keep those meds in your system before that block wears off. I'm 3 days out & it's getting better. I had TA plus a couple other things. It's going to be a ugly night but it gets better everyday! Good luck!
It will be a little better everyday. I'll be honest, it's going to be a rough night. Just get through the next couple days. I'm on day 3 and feeling pretty good. How long are you zero weight bearing? I'm at least 8 weeks. I'm recovering from the same thing on other foot, had the surgery in October. Look at my little profile picture, that was last time but this foot is worse. Hang in there!
Heh I love your handle and avatar Stupid feet! Good to hear you are feeling well.
Can I ask, I had 4 procedures recommended for me, not fusion although they talked about triple arthrodesis in the beginning. There has been no schedule suggested yet and he was gonna do them as staged procedures (calcaneal osteotomy and gastrocnemius lengthening). This would mean 4 operations and I'm just wondering how the recovery period will work, it seems like that could involve so much time. With your last operation happening in October, was there something that had to occur before they moved onto your other foot? Like being able to put weight on the other foot or anything like that? Cos you mention you won't be able to bear weight for 8 weeks and if you had the same op in October, prob you haven't had much chance to put weight on the healing foot?
I hope you get some relief, newtotriparthro. I hope this operation helps you too.
Khaleesi, where do I begin? The surgery on Tuesday was my 5th in about 14 months. I went to a lot of doctors before anyone figured out what was wrong. The first one was for a "bone spur" that I didn't even have. When someone finally did a MRI, they found that I have avascular necrosis, or bone death. The bones in my ankle/foot are black, soft and dead. Great, huh? I went to a million doctors, most said they've never seen anything so bad and it was over their head. i live in the Wash, DC area, so there are are great doctors around here. I finally found a doc that said he could fix it & I'd be back to normal in no time. Wrong!! That guy had no idea what he was doing. I had surgery in sept. 2011 on one foot and the other foot in Nov, 2011. I was literally on my butt for 3 months after each surgery. He put a plate, some bone and a couple screws in each foot.
I was sent to PT, the whole time this doc saying everything was great & I would be fine in 3 weeks, then 3 more, 3 more, etc, etc, etc. PT was like torture, I went back to doc, he did X-rays and surprise!!, nothing fused like it was supposed to. He wanted to do more surgery. Anyway, I finally decided to get a 2nd opinion & searched for the best doctor in the country. Keep in mind, I couldn't even walk to my mailbox during this time, after literally being in my butt for 5-6 months. I found a doc in Baltimore who is considered one of the best doc's in the world. He operates on all the NFL, NBA Players. He looked at the MRI and couldn't believe what he saw. He said the last excruciating surgeries I had were a waste of time and it was a complete mess. Wonderful!
He did the first surgery in Oct. took out all the old hardware and put in 3 plates & 7 screws. He told me it was one of the most complex and "scary" surgeries he's ever done.
You really didn't ask for all this information, sorry... Anyway, after surgery in Oct, zero weight bearing for about 10 weeks, after that, I could put 50lbs weight and add 50 lbs the next week. I was walking in a boot for about a 2 weeks before my surgery on Tues. this one was a lot worse. He took out the old stuff again and out in 11 screws & I'm not sure how many plates.
These kinds of surgeries are very hard to recover fully from. I've had 9 foot surgeries in my life. The key is to never overdo it and really listen to the doctor. It's so easy to just walk to the bathroom without your boot, I've done it, it's a bad idea. I have a electric scooter that you sit on & drive around the house, so I never have to even walk to the bathroom. I have a better outlook this time. I can tell the first foot feels a lot stronger & I'm looking forward to spring, hopefully, I'll be able to go to the mall with my daughter & do normal things again. I'll always be in pain management but that's ok.
Sorry this was so long and more info than you asked for. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. It's a long and boring recovery. Good luck
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Stupidfeet, oh wow. I relate to the absurd slog of obtaining accurate diagnosis. I've spent 15 years trying to resolve my ankle crisis. I'm seeing radiology imaging misinterpretation, lack of timely MRIs, to medical professionals contradicting each other. My last 14 months was also rough and am still turning over rocks trying to sort out my problem, I'm desperately trying to sort out obstacles so I can have recommended procedures with someone who knows what he's doing. I have not had to undergo botched surgery.
No, no: I WANT exactly this kind of honest information. Thank you for taking the time to describe some of your experience! I'm sorry, because I have written a BOOK as a response. Can't help it. I'm so sorry to hear about the necrosis. Soft black bone is not good. That must have been a real shock, especially after all that time and hard work trying to get it sorted and getting nowhere. I was told years ago I may have Kienboch's disease in my wrist, also necrosis of the bone. That freaked me out - and, it was just a ganglion. (Which took another 3 years, so 7 in total, and 3 ultrasounds get diagnosed.)
I'm 32, in foot pain since age 10. By 17 it was severe. My feet roll in almost to the ankle. Everything else thrown out biomechanically. Lots of secondary musculoskeletal pain. Saw doctors, chiropractor and physio, podiatrist, got orthotics. They didn't help much. 3 years later, second podiatrist referred me to first surgeon. His opinion, just keep wearing orthotics. In short, following that, my 20s were spent in worsening pain and increasingly limited function.
By my late 20s, things had reached a certain absurd point of reaching new lows, like falling down the stairs 6 times in one year, and I couldn't find anyone who would help me. I don't know how many doctors I tried to seek help from. I'd go to see my regular treating doctor from about 2005 - unfortunately the best I could find - and say surely something can be done. I'd seen 3 more podiatrists, had 2 more pairs of orthotics, strapping, and was desperate. He refused referral to a surgeon; saying flatly there was nothing they could do, and I didn't want ankle surgery anyway. The best he could offer was an x-ray if I had a sprain. (And even then was so casual that one time a fracture went unnoticed.) I should have gone to someone else but everyone else had been clueless, so I didn't know what I could do. Kept trying, like banging my head on a wall. To say the least, blahhhh it has been freaking miserable.
Still in hope of change..
Last year was a crisis trying to sort this out for once and all. Pain pain pain. My breakthrough moment: a lump suddenly emerged from my ankle and I saw a random afterhours doctor. Thank goodness for him. He recommended a particular surgeon. But my doctor still wouldn't refer me? Ended up at the public hospital orthopaedic clinic while undergoing a long process of trying to find a new doctor. Unfortunately, and predictably, was barely examined, had a 6 month wait for MRI. Saw pain management psychologist.. told me pain symptoms were in my head. Therefore even if I wanted to purse surgery rather than mindfulness (note: it had to be one or the other) I wasn't accepting my problem. Public clinic surgeon obliged me to go to a rheumatologist without reasoning or referral. Rheumatologist said I had no reason to be in pain, never even checked my imaging, I had "strangely shaped" feet but shouldn't have surgery. Just a week before a pain management physician I'd managed to research, immediately confirmed I needed surgery. He referred me to a physio and orthopaedic footwear place, neither of which were any help. I could barely get to any of these places, in a literal sense. Horrible merry-go-round. In my fantasies, I would never have to see another medical professional again.
Finally I saw the good surgeon. He looked at a stupid old foot x-ray seen by who knows how many physicians for about 20 seconds before pointing out calcaneonavicular coalition. That's a bone disorder where the bones fuse together and can distort the foot. Happens when you're a kid (age 10-12ish). In his view the likely underlying cause of my symptoms. Dark moment: his explanation that if arthritis found on the bone scan he ordered was significant enough, the only option was triple arthrodesis. To think this could have been diagnosed in childhood and that now fusion might be my only option in spite of constantly asking physicians for 15 years did my head in. At the same time, so grateful to finally come into contact with someone who knows what they are doing. Luckily, arthritis is moderate, and I don't have to have fusion. Best news. But he's recommending 4 procedures and wants to stage them. Now I have to work out how I can manage to get these procedures done by him. 6 months til insurance kicks in. Lots of obstacles.
You really didn't ask for this info!
I have lots of questions but have said too much. It's just so good to have a chat about this kind of thing. The most burning question I have is: have you ever had to try and deal with stairs??? Is it possible to go up and down on your bum with your leg stuck out? :L I'm in a catch 22 in terms of where I"m living. In short, moving is impossible at this point. Like you, although it could easily get worse, just the mailbox has become like a distant country. Knowing how hard it is now prior to surgery, having to calculate even little trips like putting the rubbish out, I wonder how on earth I will get by afterwards.
I'm so thrilled for you that you found someone good.
Stupid Feet, I just wanted to let you know I have tried to reply twice! Have a new account and experiencing some unresolved technical issues where some of my posts are not being published. Hopefully this can be posted. Will try again later.