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    Old 07-30-2003, 02:21 PM   #1
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    I just had bunion surgery on my right foot on July 24, 2003. I am so happy that I decided to have the surgery!!
    My decision to have the surgery was part vanity and part medical necessity. I hated the way my foot looked, and my big toe had started getting numb, so I went to an orthopaedic surgeon on July 17, 2003 and he felt my bunion was severe enough for surgery. My big toe was turned at a 33 degree angle towards my other toes.
    I am only 23 years old, so I was hoping that this would work in my favor for recovery time. Plus the surgery was covered by insurance, so I was scheduled for surgery 1 week later.
    But then I got nervous, and I started doing research about the surgery. This website made me even more nervous because I did not seem to find too many success stories. I was not in any pain from my bunion, but the numbness did have me worried, and I really wanted to wear flip-flops without being self conscious.
    I researched info about my surgeon and I found that he was board certified, and performed at least 100 bunion surgeries per year for the past 10 years. I had also heard excellent things about his work from other doctors.
    I have basically NO pain tolerence, so my family was worried that I was going to be on bedrest for the rest of my life.
    I had the surgery and I had bone removed, my toe realigned, and 2 screws inserted. My foot was numb for about 22 hours, so I was laying around waiting for the pain to start. I am still waiting...
    While I was waiting for the pain to start, I decided to go back to my normal life. By the grace of God, I was back at work 5 days after surgery, and I drove to work myself (barefoot). I walk without crutches, I am getting around on my post-op shoe that keeps all of the weight on my heel. Walking is annoying, and it does cause some discomfort in my hips, but it is minimal.
    I take ibuprofen to avoid having any pain since I am pretty busy and doing a bit of walking.
    I work in an office, so I keep my foot up when I am at my desk, so maybe this is a major recovery factor.
    I have had 2 follow up appointments and my foot looks great!! I have little to no swelling, and I am getting my stitches out on Monday. I can even wiggle my new toe, which is now turned at a normal 5 degree angle instead of the unattractive 33 degrees.
    I kept my foot elevated and iced as much as possible for the first 3 days, and it was worth it.
    I have not experienced any real pain and I feel fortunate. I do sometimes get a feeling of pressure around my stitches when I keep my foot at ground level for an extended amount of time, but that sensation is going away with time.
    I know it hasn't even been a week yet, but I am assuming that now would be the optimal time for pain if I was going to have any. I am anticipating some discomfort when I am finally allowed to wear shoes, but maybe not.
    I would have to say that the skill and experience of the surgeon makes all the difference. I would highly recommend that any one considering any type of surgery should find out everything they can about the person they are trusting with their health. They should be board certified with plenty of experience. Ask around and find out what other people know about the surgeon. Find out how many times they have done the surgery. I think my sucess story was made possible by an excellent surgeon and careful post-op care which included a lot of elevation and ice.
    Right now my foot is taped, and my doctor says it will stay that way for 6 weeks.
    But after that (God willing) it's FoxyFeet in FlipFlops!!

     
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    Old 07-30-2003, 09:13 PM   #2
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    Hey!
    Congratulations on your success with bunion surgery!
    That is so great to hear that. I had great success with bunion surgery on both my feet. I do agree that you have to have a great physician/podiatrist-it makes a world of difference to have one who's highly qualified and has experience-and who's surgeries have had great outcomes like ours! What type of surgery did you have done?! (Name of procedure, etc.) See ya!

     
    Old 08-01-2003, 07:00 PM   #3
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    FoxyFeet, you are sooo lucky not to experience pain!
    I was in lots of pain for the first week. I, too, had a successuf bunion surgery and I'm so happy that I had it done. The temporary pain was worth it! I'm about 3 months post-op and aside from a little bit of scar tissue build up on my little toe (I had a hammertoe corrected) which causes the toe to be sensitive, everything is perfect! I can't believe how great my foot looks, and best of all, no bunion pain! I'm certainly going to have the other foot done next year.

     
    Old 08-30-2003, 12:13 AM   #4
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    Glad to hear both of you are doing so well after surgery!

    Foxyfeet, can you tell me how you researched your surgeon? I haven't found anything that tells me how often he does bunion surgery. (Though I know he is certified by several boards and has over 20 yrs experience).

    In case anyone is thinking about it I tried healthgrades.com and they were total garbage! The report I ordered from them listed my podiatrist as a pediatrics specialist (somebody didn't check to find out DPM means podiatrist). The report also said he had 50 years of experience (yeah, right, he's over 70?) and all the information on boards was about pediatrician boards. There wasn't any accurate information in the whole report. Don't order from that company, it's a rip-off!

    If anyone has had better luck researching, please let me know where you looked!

     
    Old 09-03-2003, 01:04 PM   #5
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    I had a chevron bunionectomy six weeks ago. I just got back to wearing tennis shoes now and my foot is still sore. Will this go away? My toe looks much better, but I had no intentions of doing it for the looks. It hurt like mad and it's still hurting. Any comments, advice, encouragement???? Thanks.

     
    Old 09-04-2003, 11:30 AM   #6
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    I just had bilateral bunionectomy on 8/28/03. I had bunion problem for years not knowing that is a condition that can be corrected by surgery. I am the only one with flat feet in my family. I was wearing tennis shoes 2 sizes larger just to be comfortable to walk and sandals whenever I can. Anyway, I was nervous before the surgery but I am glad it is over. I was on pain killer for 3 days. I make the family room sofa my temporary bedroom. For the first 4 1/2 days, I relied on my husband to carry me to the bathroom 15 feet away. Then with the help of a step stool, I figured out how to move around on my buttlock and hands and thus I can make those bathroom trips on my own. That is freedom stage #1. Also one problem my friend warned me before hand was taking a bath without getting my feet wet. So I equipped the downstair shower with a hand held hose, got a step stool and a plastic patio chair. This way, I can pop my feet (with plastic wrap) up on the chair, sit on the stool and take a shower with the hand held hose. I'll have the first post op visit tomorrow and hope life be back to normal soon. I hope the temporary pain and inconvenience are worth the long term benefit from this surgery.

    For those who are unsure whether to do one or two feet at the same time: if you have help, do both at the same time and plan ahead.

    I went to my first post op to day and saw my feet for the first time since the surgery. They look fine. The doctor told me not to walk, even with crutches for now. Will have to return to see him in 2 weeks. The funny thing is: they don't order any equipment for me knowing it is a bilateral operation. I am lucky that a friend offers to lend me her wheelchair so my husband uses that to wheel me about to get x ray and post op appointments. Even though I am light, he can only carry me a short distance.

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    Old 09-05-2003, 08:10 AM   #7
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    i had my bunionectomy 8/27/03 still a bit uncomfortable.when were most of you able to drive?it is driving me nuts staying homebound but i am not sure i am ready to try.i also am having a lot of blacka nd blue areas like at the base of my toes and my intsep,did you as well//?

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    Old 09-05-2003, 04:05 PM   #8
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    Hi all!! I just had my bunionectomy on August 29th on my left foot. The experience has been much better than I'd hoped for and plan on having the right done as soon as feasibly possible. Haven't had too much swelling and pain has been almost nill. I was extremely painful before surgery, especially the week preceeding it. Question now is that I had my first post-op visit yesterday.. Looks great and got off the crutches and now am in the boot. I keep having swelling and numbness, especially on the bottom of my foot just under the toes. Seems to reduce when I prop up my foot, so I'm assuming this is just due to swelling... Any of you have difficulty with the boot and swelling?

     
    Old 09-06-2003, 10:35 PM   #9
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    Zippy90:

    WOW, off crutches after a week! I am 4 months post-op and doing great!!! I have about 10% of swelling left which is normal to have up to year. I was on crutches for almost 6 weeks. My foot was pretty swollen for the first few weeks also...those were the normal stages for my healing process so I did not expect the boot to fit me perfectly. Patience and time play an important role to recovery from this type of surgery. I made sure I followed my surgeon's orders to the T and it paid off.

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    Old 09-08-2003, 08:44 AM   #10
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    I totally agree with you. I followed my Doc's instructions to a T and the swelling and pain was minimized greatly during the immediate post-op time frame. I go in this Thursday to have the stitches removed and then start 2 weeks of aggressive physical therapy to remove scar tissue... The girls at the Doc's office say that as soon as I start therapy, my foot will feel more back to normal, but it is normal to have post-surgical swelling for up to 3 months and that it would be a year before I'm really 100% back to normal. Thanks for the encouragement... Hang in there yourself!

     
    Old 09-08-2003, 11:05 AM   #11
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    Ooops... must have double posted.. =)

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    Old 09-08-2003, 02:27 PM   #12
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    I had bunion surgery on 8-4-03 along with bone shaved and callous removed on bottom of my foot.. plus a pin and screw put in...in all i had seven cuts and 53 stitches..i worn the "ski" boot for three weeks then had the stitches removed...i still have swelling and can't put on a shoe..im wondering when i will be able to...and when my foot will look "normal" the first two toes are very stiff and look frozen...i read on the board that some people have therapy...what kind of therapy would that be...thank you...

     
    Old 09-08-2003, 06:08 PM   #13
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    I won't really know what "therapy" consists of for sure until probably next Monday. But I do remember them saying something about a whirlpool bath for my foot then I'm assuming working the toes to break up the scar tissue. I will post more after my first "therapy" session to let you know how it went and what they did...

     
    Old 09-16-2003, 02:01 PM   #14
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    Well, I had therapy yesterday for the first time! Wow, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. They used a whirlpool bath, electronic shock therapy (only tickles), ice and the PT used manual manipulation of the big toe and they also used ultrasound for quicker healing... I have stretching exercises and movement exercises for my toe & ankle... Didn't think about it but the ankle needs rehab too... Hope all are doing well... Later dudes!!

     
    Old 09-16-2003, 02:51 PM   #15
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    Hi,
    I am so glad your surgery went well. I am going to have surgery soon but may wait til after the holidays.
    Might be better that way. Anyway, like you mine is not really too bad yet but my toe is turning in at an angle and I am going to an Othopedic surgeon that is board certified. He knew what he was talking about.
    He wanted to make sure I understood everything. He said he felt he could do an easier surgery since my bones weren't to far apart. I have really was not sure about all this but my toe hurts alot sometimes.
    He said that he would shave the bone off and then cut the bone and put a pin in it. Did you have a cast? I forgot to ask him about that. I will later on. He said I should recover well. Did you have to be put to sleep or just numb your foot. Thanks for listening. I just seem to get all these questions now. Glad you are doing so well. God bless you,
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