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Posted by corjack on September 07, 2000 at 17:10:56:

In Reply to: heel spur surgery posted by Carolyn on September 06, 2000 at 09:11:40:

: I suffered with bone spurs for 6 years before I finally decided to have surgery. I went to 4 different podiatrist before I had the surgery. I had several injections, which only made things worse. I also had arch supports made but they didn't help either. I had endoscopic fasciotomy surgery. The surgery with a smaller incision (they go in the side of your foot with a small tube which has a camera and light on it.) It has been 1 year since surgery and I'm in more pain now than ever before. I have had physical therapy and 2 more injections which only made things worse since surgery. I went to an Orthopedic Surgeon yesterday and he said that endoscopic fasciotomy was the worst way to deal with heel spurs. He thinks that when they went into the side of my foot that my podiatrist either hit a nerve or cut something that they shouldn't have. I had an m.r.i. and am going to have a nerve conduction study done today. Hopefully by next Tuesday I will know why I am in still in so much pain.He said that the old fashioned surgery which makes a slightly larger scar is the way to go because they cut your foot open and they can see exactly what they are cutting. I was a waitress and I was told that I would only have to be out of work for 6 to 8 weeks but it is now been a year. I suggest that anyone considering surgery should see a orthepedic surgeon/sports medicine doctor instead of a podiatrist. My orthepedic surgeon told me that he has seen 10 other people that didn't get better from endoscopic surgery either. So, please consider your options before you decide to go ahead with surgery. I was in so much pain that I didn't care who did my surgery just as long as I thought that I was going to get better. Boy was I stupid.

Endoscopic surgery has had some unique complications. Heel spur/plantar fasciitis surgery is
generally a last resort,because even with the traditional surgery, the success rate is only 50 percent.
There is one type of surgery the instep L fasciectomy which has shown a tremendously high
success rate with minimal complications, but most doctors don't know about it.
Your orthopedic surgeon may bad mouth endoscopic surgery, but virtually every orthopedic surgeon
in the country has never been trained to do it, and has never done it. Most orthopedic surgeons
don't like to do foot surgery, because they got virtually no training in it.

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