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Posted by Louise on August 06, 2000 at 20:30:12:

In Reply to: Re: Bunion Surgery Help! posted by Lisa on August 05, 2000 at 17:45:43:

: : I have read all the post from everyone who is so supportive regarding bunion surgery. I am
: : scheduled to have surgery on Aug. 16 and I am so apprehensive about it. It is my right foot,
: : I do have a severe bunion, no pain with open shoes, but my other toes are beginning
: : to become effected. I do have some arthritis in it too. I am very active and run about
: : 5 times a week (3miles) I am 54, and I would love to hear from someone as to how long
: : it will take me to drive, walk without crutches, etc. To say the least, I am very worried. I am
: : worried that I will be worst than I am now, since I really do not have pain at this time. My Podiatrists
: : says that the gait is at 15???? and that is the limit for a regular surgery. Any suggestions
: : or words of comfort for this chicken little. Thank you

: : Thank you for any information you can give me.

: Hi Louise,

: I had bunion surgery on both of my feet at once about 13 years ago. An orthopedic surgeon who
: performed the surgery... My feet were in bad shape and I also had hammer toes. As I remember
: walking was so very difficult for me for a normal distance like walking in the mall or something..
: I was aout 33 yrs old.. I stayed on crutches for a maximum of 5 weeks and my cast was taking
: off after 4 weeks... I had 2 little ones back then and remember I think it took me about a week
: or so after the cast was taken off to drive .. Slowly at the beginning.. All in all I would say from 5-6
: weeks. The pain was for the first week only and wiht pain killers was tolerable...
: My surgery was a success and never had any pain or bunion growth since I had the surgery done.

: Best of luck to you and if you need to know any more info, I'll be more than happy to answer you.

: Let's us know how things go with your surgery....

: Lisa

Hi Lisa
I really do appreciate your info. I guess I am
just concerned with the amount of time it takes
to recuperate. I am going to see the dr. on Tuesday and I guess I will address all my fears. As of now I do not have any hammer toes, but I
know that eventually the big toe will effect the others. It is starting now. Lisa did you have
pins placed in your foot....did they have to realign your toe JOINT. Last week my freinds told me that abc had a segment on bunion surgery
and they said that unless it is absolutely necssary...don't do it! That's why I am nervous.
Do you exercise now? How long before you could
do any exercise? Thanks for any information you
remember. Take care Louise

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