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    Old 06-25-2009, 08:57 AM   #1
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    Double Bunionectomy

    People thought I was crazy doing both feet at once. I even was having second thoughts. I have a lot of support at home, my husband and I both work for the school district so we are off for summer. If I were alone, I really don't think I would have opted for the double. After I had it I was glad I did both. I think my feet know, as both of them never hurt equally the same. I am 6 days post op, my back hurts from sitting in bed, but I have pillows all around me with a wedge pillow elevating my legs. I am experiencing leg aches and my ankles hurt.. I think the ankles is from walking 20 ft to the bathroom on my ankles. I get a little lazy and don't put my boots on every time. I am wondering how long till i can put weight on the pad under my big toe? My big toe is very stiff and swollen... I have been putting frozen diapers on my feet for the icing. Just treat the bunion as if it were a butt to wrap it. I put a little water in the diaper and freeze it. This works pretty darn good.
    When will I be able to walk normal and get out of this bed? I am getting bored silly. When my legs dangle for instance in a wheel chair, my feet throb. Am I getting impatient? How long does this take?
    I want to know your experiences of your double bunionectomy...

     
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    Old 06-25-2009, 10:18 AM   #2
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    Re: Double Bunionectomy

    I hope you have a bit more patience as only 1 week post-op, you still have some time to go :-) Do you know the exact technique done for your double bunionectomy? That may decide also how soon you can be weight bearing. I had both feet done on June 3rd, but I still keep my feet elevated whenever (which is pretty much all the time). If you are experiencing leg aches and ankles pain, may be you have been on your feet too much? I was thinking about being lazy and not put on my "geisha" sexy shoes for a few steps to the bathroom or around the room, but decided against it because I don't want to end up injuring my heels and the outside of my feet by walking on them barefoot. Also Murphy's law says that my feet are likely to make a lot of "friends" by kicking, rubbing, stubbing, and bumping them lol

    I was really patient about elevating my feet (really worried about my recovery process after reading all the horror stories) by sticking to everyone's advice, so I didn't even need to cold pack them as the swelling just decreased everyday by keeping them elevated. Of course your big toes would be stiff and swollen, imagine being pulled on, cut, bruised, pushed etc to get rid of your bunions. So I would suggest don't test your toes for now and let them rest and heal on their own. After the sutures are removed, you can start exercising the toes, but for now, don't worry too much.

     
    Old 06-25-2009, 05:13 PM   #3
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    I had a chevron double bunionectomy and they put a disolvable pin in the big toe. I think why I was having so much pain this morning is that I was trying not to take the vicodin.. but now that I did I am feeling a bit better. Im not walking much.. this morning I tried to unload the dishwasher and wipe down counters, I have a walker.. and my husband chewed my head off and told me to get back in bed. He put a double bed in the living room so I could be centered close to bathroom and kitchen. I have and upstairs and a basement so am not able to go to either of those places in the house. Now... wow Michael Jackson has died. I feel really bad about that, but know that I am going to be watching all about it over and over and over.... ARGGG! Anyway, are you doing stairs yet? Its nice to talk to somebody that is going through the recovery process ...at the same time

     
    Old 06-26-2009, 01:44 AM   #4
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    Re: Double Bunionectomy

    haha...you are really getting impatient. Forget about the kitchen, you just need to stay off your feet as much as possible and let your feet heal. Just treat this time as your real R&R

    I had scarf osteotomy to both feet, without Akin (straightening of the big toes themselves) as my surgeon thought that the bending of the toes were minimal and more of a cosmetic so he didn't want to cut the phalanges of the big toes. I had 2 screws in each feet, but they are not dissolvable. So I hope they will stay nice and quiet for the rest of my time :-D I have only 3 steps to go as my living room is sunken compared to the rest, downstairs is off limit to me so I don't even bother for now. I find that it's easier to go up then to come down and I try not to jot my feet, so I am extra careful when stepping down the stairs. I move around now without the use of crutches.

    Hope your feet are feeling better with the meds! Don't overdo it. Just rest and relax :-)

    Yeah...it is sad news about Jacko wacko.

     
    Old 06-26-2009, 05:09 AM   #5
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    Hi its very interesting reading other peoples threads its amazing knowing other people have the same problems as yourself.I will be having my surgery on the 13th July and getting quite nervous. I particulary like readinghow people overcome their obstacles after the surgery which i will be doing more reading of as i approach my date. I certainly will need your help.

     
    Old 06-26-2009, 05:44 AM   #6
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    Hi Pearl, welcome on board :-) I am sure you must be nervous as heck as you are anticipating the big day. I was really scared because of the horror stories I have read on the internet. I was also extra nervous as I was by myself since I had to fly to Singapore to have the surgery and then stayed at a hotel during my recovery. But it turned out to be a superb arrangement as it was very comfortable staying there and only a few steps to the bathroom (thank goodness the hotel loaned me the wheelchair) and a good friend helped me by cooking food and bringing them to me. I pretty much spent my time in bed with my feet up the entire time. I only went out of the hotel for my follow up appointments. Since I flew back home, I have been moving around a bit more as things are more spread out and hubby is out of town on business. So I guess it was a good thing I was not at home during the first three weeks :-D

    Which procedure will be done to your feet? Be sure you have got everything ready so that you don't need to move around too much after the surgery.

     
    Old 06-26-2009, 02:26 PM   #7
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    Re: Double Bunionectomy

    * link to commercial website, and website information, removed by hb-mod, moderator *

    I was very anxious and nervous before the surgery, then after it was done I was so relieved. I know this is going to be a while to recover and haha... * link to commercial website, and website information, removed by hb-mod, moderator * Thank you Earthworm for giving me the encouragement to not be so anxious.. check out the 56 things you can do... I think i will have somebody bring me up the old photos from the basement....

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    Old 06-26-2009, 03:11 PM   #8
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    oops.... i guess that isn't allowed. Sorry!

     
    Old 06-27-2009, 04:34 AM   #9
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    Re: Double Bunionectomy

    There is no denying that this type of surgery is definitely a test on one's patience :-D When will you have your sutures removed? Have the swelling gone down quite a bit? Still taking the painkiller? Now I can put my entire foot down, but still feels like the inner side of the foot still slightly raised (big toe not flushed on the ground on its own yet). I won't dare put any weight on it at all, but that's just a gauge I use to see how swollen the pads are still. But it's definitely an improvement from before and they seem to get better everyday. :-) The only thing I am praying really hard for is that the sesamoid bones will not give me any problems at all, so that I can walk normal with no issues.

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    Old 06-28-2009, 09:24 AM   #10
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    I get my sutures out on July 7th.. I kinda thought that was a instant recovery once I get them out. I kinda doubt that will be the case. I took only two pain killers yesterday. I was anxious to get out of the house and my husband took me for a little ride to town to watch some fireworks and get an ice cream cone. We weren't gone more that an hour and by the time we got home my big toes on each foot were swollen and hot. I couldn't get back to my bed with my feet elevated fast enough. I can lay here all day with my feet up and feel no pain, then the minute I decide I feel good, I get up and hobble around a little too long. I am on vacation from work until August 3rd and I just want to have some of that time be fun. We are celebrating our 30yr anniversry on July 28th... so my personal goal is to feel good enuf to go for a week end to Vegas or something.

     
    Old 06-28-2009, 10:11 AM   #11
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    Re: Double Bunionectomy

    Hey Laurie, well..I had the same problem when I went out to see my surgeon for a follow up (I really was very good and religious about elevating my feet), but after a couple of hours, my feet were angry with me by puffing big and red (one foot worse than the other too). Believe me, if you can be patient now and keep them elevated as much as possible, your feet will get back to normal sooner.

    Mine felt perfectly fine without any pain during the recovery period but I refused to put them on the ground unless I had to go to the loo or grab something to eat. I am almost 4 weeks now this coming Wednesday, the feet are less angry with me now even when I take showers. Watch out the first time you take a shower with your feet in! Try to sit down on a stool or something. Cuz when the water hits the feet...boy do they hurt! By the time you are done, they will be screaming at you! lol I think by the time your 30th anniversary comes along, you should not have any problems going on a weekend trip. So remember: elevate, elevate, elevate...now!! :-D

     
    Old 06-29-2009, 04:25 AM   #12
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    I go to see the specialist this wednesday and go through the procedure he will be doing for my bunionectomy. i will let you know as soon as i find out the type of surgery im having. where will i find the 56 questions somebody mentioned.and what are the essential things i will be needing when i get home.keep all the posts coming through its great reading them.

     
    Old 06-30-2009, 12:05 AM   #13
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    hey Pearl..
    Bet you are getting anxious to get this done and over with. I was the one that sent the link but the bosses on here don't like you putting web addresses on her so just have to search on your search engine 56 things to do when recovering from surgery. They are actually talking about spine surgery, but It is all good things to do when you are bed or chair ridden. I am post op 10 days today. I have gone out a couple of times for less that one hour.. anymore than that with my feet down they get hot and swell and very uncomfortable. I was better the time I took a ibuprophen before I went out.
    Im not an easy one to keep down. I am really trying though.. laying on a be of pillows with larger pillows under my knees so my feet can elevate... I was reading in one of the old blogs about people cleaning their incision with peroxide. I still have the steri tape over the stiches and my doc said not to get it wet..

    Are you having a double bunionectomy?.. how bad are they? Mine werent really bad , but gave me pain to wear shoes. I didn't realize how bad my feet were until I looked at the before and after pictures. I am so anxious to go shoe shopping.

    Earthworm*****thank you for the heads up on the "first shower" I will be sure to be careful of that... I am very excited to take a shower in my newly remodeled bathroom...it should be done by the 7th...
    Well.. take care and I will be thinking about my bunion friends
    Laurie

     
    Old 06-30-2009, 04:28 AM   #14
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    Thanks Laurie i will look up the 56 questions. I am having double bunion surgery. I suppose mine arnt as bad as some peoples but they do give me pain in certain shoes and i always have to take my old tatty faithfull ones with me when i go out in case my feet hurt to much. They do look ugly as well so i cant wait to have the big bulge taken away.They have been part of me for so long it will seem very strange to look down and they wont be there.I have got my list of questions to ask the surgeon tomorrow so i hope i dont miss anything out.
















     
    Old 07-08-2009, 04:04 PM   #15
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    Hey doubles... I had my sutures out yesterday thinking that I would be able to put on my sandals (NOT) my feel are still swollen quite a bit. Awww! I thought it would be different from what I was reading. I have been waddling around walking slowly in my surgical sandals. Now my back has gone out. Lower back pain is killing me.. my back hurts worse than my feet did.

    Pearl--- have you had your surgery yet?
    Earthworm__ hows is everything with you?

     
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