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I just had my right foot surgery this morning, Wilson/Akin procedure, by a podiatrist whose speciality is bunion surgery in a private clinic.  No pins or hardware, only local freezing and I was given Ativan prior to procedure so was actually awake the whole time.  I was comfortable, and relaxed and watched a movie they gave me through special movie goggles....  Took almost three hours due to the excessive bone buildup and bone spurs I had around my joint that he needed to remove as well....

I have only 3-4 1cm incisions.... Feel great and energetic otherwise  but the foot is definitely throbbing even though I am icing regularly and constantly elevated.  Have taken a Toradol for inflammation and pain relief but can't say I'm feeling the effects of it yet.   Hoping for an uneventful night but so far I can say I am feeling some pain but no more than when I badly sprained my ankle back in September.  The walking shoe is mandatory for washroom visits but I am happy to stay elevated for a few days and don't plan to go anywhere anyway.  Will post updates, but already glad I have this behind me, and that I'm on the path to healing now.  I know  it will be so worth this short term pain for long term gain. : ).   

Susan, Toronto Canada

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    Well done Susan I hope you have a comfortable night.  I had to have a general anesthetic as that's all that was on offer at the local NHS hospital but would much sooner had a freeze block like you.  I'm not sure what the difference is between a scarf & Akin and the op you've had but it sounds like  your foot is not in plaster.... Correct me if I'm wrong.  My troubles seem to have started since the plaster was removed.

     

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      Hi gill0703 interesting to hear your experience!! No I am not in a plaster cast AT all in fact have only soft bandage wrap and tape holding everything together tightly. only freezing was needles in and amongst my toes etc (that hurt!) was not even frozen from my ankle!! The Ativan was enough to make me relax and I listened to music and watched a movie. (remember I was in a private clinic not hospital). Could feel the tugging and pressure and unfort could hear some sounds like power tools (UGH) but was too relaxed to really care. Sorry to hear you have troubles since cast was removed.... What kind of trouble are you having??
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    Hi Susan - So interested in reading your post explaining how your op was carried out.   I see you live in Canada.    I live in Australia but am English, please keep us posted on your recovery.    It is amazing to read you did'nt have any pins or screws.   The procedure sounds a lot more simple and straight forward than most people's experiences on this site.     Please, please keep us informed on your recovery.     Many thanks Pam

     

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      Hi Pamela! I am so amazed and impressed so far!! I slept with foot well elevated all night with only my soft bandages on... Woke up this morn with ZERO THROBBING and very very little pain if any. None really, just feels a little heavy I would say. I put my surgical shoe on to walk to bathroom but haven't walked around the house - and walking gingerly only heel bearing at that. Being very diligent about icing 20-30 mins every hour and staying elevated. I felt great! Only took painkiller Toradol I was prescribed twice yesterday. So far so good hope it keeps up as this is easy so far. I think the worst of it will be staying patient and staying elevated during this healing period. FYI my surgery was done by a Toronto podiatrist (charges for this surgery in his private clinic!) whose specialty is bunion surgery and he has perfected his method for this over 30 years. I believe I had the Wilson/Akin osteotomy method for this surgery.
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      Meant to add.... This doctor asked me to take homeopathic supplement ARNICA starting one week before surgery and for one week post-op. Helps body reduce inflammation. Also recommended drinking pineapple juice as apparently bromelain in the juice also helps with the inflammation. Just following all their instructions to a tee : )
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      I had bunion surgery on my left foot two years ago, and anytime I wear any kind of heels the pain is still there. Worst surgery EVER!! If you can deal with the pain, my advise would be, don't have the surgery. I was 54 years old the time of my surgery, so don't know if that plays a role with the pain.

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    Sounds like you are on the right track with the right attitude for good recovery! Wishing you a very speedy recovery! 😈
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    Sounds like you are on the right track with the right attitude for good recovery! Wishing you a very speedy recovery! 😈
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      Thanks so very much...I hope it continues as I'm very encouraged!  Will keep sharing my progress with the group as I would want them to know if it's a positive experience for a change  : ) 
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    Hi, thought I would post a follow-up as to my progress post-surgery. My bunion correction surgery (Wilson/Akin method) was performed 48 hours ago now.  Yesterday I had an uneventful day, staying elevated, iced every hour, with almost no pain at all.  Only heel walking with surgical shoe to bathroom and back to bed or lounge chair and staying elevated as much as possible.  Last night before bedtime, started to have some odd shooting pains in my foot (I expect to have SOME effects after all!) but nothing intolerable at all.  I will admit I haven't gone downstairs yet or stayed on my feet more than just a few mins.   Have taken the painkiller I was prescribed (Toradol) more for the anti-inflammatory properties than for pain.

    I am walking very carefully eve with surgical shoe, as I can feel tenderness in fore foot (of course) so really have to be cautious and conscious to keep weight back in heel.

    So far I think the healing process is a waiting game, and I just have to be patient while my foot adjusts to the trauma of surgery and starts the healing and recovery.   I can do this!  So excited to have a new foot.... Ugliness BE GONE!  : ))

    Susan

    Toronto, Canada

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