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It's finally time for the surgery

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Old 09-10-2009, 09:41 AM   #1
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Red face It's finally time for the surgery

Well, Tuesday is the big day. I've received so much conflicting information from these surgeons. I actually went to 3 before I settled on 1. The first said I would be in the hospital for 2-3 days, the second said for 1 day, the current surgeon is saying same day surgery. I'm a bit nervous, and I still want to find an excuse not to do it! I know the recovery is going to be long...but I don't know how long. I'm a single mom and I don't have a lot of support. I have to enlist the help of friends and neighbors to take my child to school. Does anyone know how long it will be before I can drive? I'm having the left foot done, so can't I still drive after a few weeks? Also, I am flying to another city to have the surgery. I will stay there for a few days and then return home on an airplaine. I've heard that you have to keep your foot elevated, but the airline doesn't think they can guarantee that happening. It's a 2 hr flight. Any suggestions?

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Old 09-10-2009, 11:10 AM   #2
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Re: It's finally time for the surgery

Exactly what surgery are you having? And what sort of boot will you have (surgical shoe or cam walker?) Since it's your left foot you should be able to drive once you are steady enough.

Old 09-10-2009, 11:48 AM   #3
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Re: It's finally time for the surgery

Flying a month after surgery was not advised by my doctor. Risk of blood clots and swelling. I'd be very careful. I hate to say something scary like that but I thought you should hear it and maybe ask your doctor.

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