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Posted by Maggie on November 05, 2000 at 02:30:45:

In Reply to: Reply to Betty posted by Elaine on July 11, 2000 at 11:44:26:

: : : On May 31 I had bunions corrected on both sides of the same foot. On each side the doctor removed the bunions and then cut, realigned, and pinned the bones. I have kept the foot elevated and iced as much as possible. Does anyone have any idea when I might walk again without the aid of crutches? I know it will be a while but I'd like to have some idea.

: : hey Elaine,
: : I walked without the aid of crutches two weeks after surgery (5/5). I had the stitches and pins taken out 5/18 and 5/22 respectively. Of course I had the big ugly shoe until 6/1. it was great to finally take a tub bath without having that foot hang over and to stand in the shower, yes! I have undergone electrical stimulation therapy 2x a week since 5/22 and I am doing great. Since 6/3 I have been wearing open toe sandals, sneakers. The sneakers are the best for support. I am heading back to work 6/19 after being out for six (6) weeks. I am doing quite well the surgical scar is healing nicely and I am rubbing cocoa butter on it often. The big toe is still slightly swollen but not painful. Good luck and speedy recovery.

: Betty, Thanks for the reply. I am finally walking (Hooray!!), although it took a whole month. I am curious though, my doctor is leaving my bone screws in. Do you have any idea why some doctors take these out like yours, and while other doctors leave them in. I wonder if these will cause future discomfort. Any info welcomed. Thanks again. Elaine

Elaine, I had surgery on Oct 30th and I am doing fantastic. My doctor also is leaving my screws in. I have heard that other people's are removed also. I wonder if anyone has future discomfort too. My doctor said that he has only removed them twice when people had problems. hum? Maggie

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