Both feet - Bunion Surgery

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Hello everyone!

I hope i can get some help.

I am 27 years old and currently at university. I will break up for summer at the end of May untill September. The surgery is booked for the end of this month (may).

What should i expect in turns of going to the toilet myself or showering? How long will i have to not get up and walk around?

How long will i be wearing special shoes for??

*** My doctor has advised me to never wear heels more then a few hours even well after the oparation, has this been an issue to anyone that as had it done??

Also how long after untill swelling goes down?

I am very nervous and i am very bad with pain, i am trying to be positive 🙁.

I hope to hear from you guys.

B

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    Hi I had a bunionectomy done on December 19th 2016. I was sent home with Percocet. Told to take it every 4 hours. The prescription said to take every 6 hours. As you I can imagine I ran out  before the prescription was due. Told my doctor and he said there was nothing he could do for me. He said that I was complaining to much that none of his other patients had as much pain as I did. I was in three different cast and he took me out of my last cast on February 7th. and put me in a walking boot. I was in that walking boot until March 9th.   He took me out of the walking boot and put me in my regular shoes. I went back to work on March 13th full duty.  As you know in retail there is quite a bit of walking. I am on my feet for seven and a half hours in my 9 hour work day. I complained of pain and barely being able to walk to my car at end of day.  I asked him if I should go back into my boot?  He proceeded to tell me and my husband that would be going backwards to go back into my boot. I then asked him about the surgical shoe?   He said if you think it would help yes come in and get one. I wore the surgical shoe Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday and it did not help. I emailed him and of course he was out of the office on vacation once again.  This has been like at least the fourth vacation since my surgery on December 19th. I  got a hold of one of his colleagues she told me I need to come in and see her.  That my joint was swollen and I may have an infection in it. I went in to see her and she proceeded to tell me that she didn't believe it was an infection.  That yes I did need to be off my foot for a while, so she took me off of work for the remainder of the week. That  was just Tuesday Wednesday Thursday and Friday. I was off Saturday and had to go back to work on Sunday. I was still not able to walk on my foot or stand for a long period  of time by Saturday night. So I called the advice nurse and ask them what to do. They put in a phone call to the on-call podiatrist. He told them there was nothing he could do for me.  That he could not give me any time off work. I then proceeded to call again and get another doctor's opinion.  So the doctor finally called me at about 9:30 that night. Mind you I had to be to work at 6:30 the next morning. That doctor told me to stay off of my foot.  Call on Monday morning to get in to see the podiatrist. So I was able to finally get an appointment to go see the podiatrist again.  Now after looking at my final x-rays taken on March 9th.  The whole team of Podiatrist and foot surgeons looked at my x-rays. Came to the conclusion that where they had cut my bone, it was not completely healed. I am now in a cast once again no weight bearing.  I have a port in the cast in order to use a bone stimulator to help heal the bone.  Since I have been off work now from  December 19th.  I went back to work on March 13th for a total of 9 days. And I am off work again for another three months now. I have lost my position at work,  and I'm going to lose money in the end because of the Loss of position. This is my story. I live with constant pain every single day.  I wish I  never had a bunionectomy done. I could care less about wearing high heeled shoes,  flip-flops. I have an enormous scar on my foot. Numbness in my big and second toe. IT WAS NOT WORTH IT AT ALL!!! 

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      Hey,

      Thank you so much for your quick response and im so sorry for what you have experienced!

      These kind of surgeries are very critical and leaves us i a very vulnrable position. The doctor or the other stuff has not been caring or involed with your recovery at all! The minute you had discomfort on return to work they should of made you a priority.

      And its too bad your doctor had many times off.. In my case my Doctor lives abroad, he practices in Sweden but the hospital and his self i trust 100% but ofcourse its also about how i react to the oparation. I have been researching and watching videos. Seeing 50 50 results interms of the recovery! I will be going back to him with alot of questions!

      Thanks alot for your time! I hope you will feel alot better in near future.

      B.

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    Hello. I had a scarf/akin osteotomy and tendonotomy on 11th january this year.I was told to keep my foot elevated for 72 hours,only getting up to go the toilet,which I did, I had dressing removed after 2 weeks and was told I could get my foot wet a few days after that. I was in a heelwalker boot for 7 weeks,should have been 6 but couldn't get appointment for the day I wanted. Was cleared to start wearing normal shoes again.Am now 4 months post op and foot looking good and feeling mostly ok,still swells a bit if I'm on my feet for too long but sitting down with my foot elevated for a while soon helps. I never needed any painkillers at all but we're all different. Glad I finally had mine done,had lived with pain for far too many years. Good luck,hope all goes well for you

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      Hello,

      Thank you for your reply,

      I have been researching and asking questions alot!

      A friend of the family who has also got the surgery done on her two feet is very happy with her results too.

      Everyone has different healing time i guess but i was worried most about pain, swelling and flexibility of the feet. It will be harder as it is Both!

      I will go back to the doctor with a few more questions hoping i will be confident. Most comments ive read says they are happy its over and done with so i will hope for the best!

      Thanka alot,

      B

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    Hi I was going to to the toilet myself right away but with two crutches and a heel boot. I was told only to get up when absolutely necessary for the first two weeks.  I then went to out patients to get the bandages off then another two weeks later the pin out of hammertoe,  My surgery was the end of January and it is only now that I am beginning to walk normally but only with trainers.  It is a slow healing process and you can't rush recovery time.  Good luck I am seeing the benefits now but can I face getting the other one done  not sure yet!! Good luck. X

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    Hi

    I am sure like all of us you will have read up on the procedure and read patients stories both good and bad. My question to you would be "How bad is your pain at the moment?" The reason I ask this is you are very young to go through such an operation.

    You can read my story on here (Its too long to go into now) but I had what I would call an "inconvienience" with one of my feet, I was assured the operation is very common and the results fantastic. There was no mention of possible complications because it was such a common, straightforward procedure. He decided to do both feet "as a precaution" as my left foot may go the same way as the right. I told my work I would be off at most 12wks...............

    3yrs on.....I lost my job (of 15yrs) I am registered disabled, I have had 3 corrective surgeries to try and fix the damage the surgeon caused but they haven't helped. I am in pain daily, I spend most days barefoot as I now have Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and anything touching my foot sends stabbing burning pains through it. I used to be a singer and loved performing on stage so had an endless supply of high heeled shoes & boots. I can only wear flat shoes and at only 5ft 2" i feel anything but feminine. I am in the process of suing for medical negligence.

    So please please seriously think about your condition....if it is like mine was, bearable but inconvienient then don't do it. I am in my 40's and feel much older as I am unable to socialise as I did, I can't walk far before the swelling and pain stops me. I had to sell my beloved horse as I couldn't afford him after losing my job. It is such a big decision which could change the rest of your life.

    Sorry for the horror story but they do happen unfortunately.

    Good luck whichever road you choose x

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      Hello,

      Thank you for the reply. Hearing the bad comments are also good ofcourse. I will take everything on board. I am actually getting it done because my dads side of all women unfortunately has it , so thanks to the helps of the genes, they have kindly passed it down to me. It looks awful and the right foot kind of burns when i walk too long. Wearing the shoes i want is currently a problem. I just want to get it done. Im very scared because i dont know what to expect but im hoping it would be worth it! I will speak to the doctor again!

      Im sorry for your experience and appriciate you sharing it with me .

      Thank you,

      B.

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