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Good morning.  I admire all of you who have gone for the surgery and wish you a speedy recovery.  I am seeing consultant in April.  I did reply to Molly, however, I am not finding this site easy to negotiate but no doubt I will learn.  Basically I am ashamed of my deformed feet, especially the left one, 'hereditary' bunions, hammer toes, etc, etc.  I am 70 this year and feel up to getting it done.  I suppose you could say on my bucket list, however, when reading your stories it makes me wonder whether to cross it off.  Thank you for this discussion it is helping me to really think about it.

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    Hi, I'm now 7 weeks post scarf and akin surgery and, like you, had put off surgery for years. All I have now is a very nicely knitting scar which improves each day and I am so pleased with my new foot and the lack of pain. I just wish I'd had it done years ago, but just make sure you research the differing types of surgery open to you and,above all, your choice of surgeon!
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      Thank you Julia.

      I just feel that all my toes will have pins and work done on my left foot.  However, I have found a poediatric surgeon who I know has been there for years so hopefully he will have learnt something!  In 2006 I went to see a surgeon who was an orthopedic surgeon and by the time he said 'I will cut here, chop here, etc he completely put me off it was almost as though he couldn't wait to get hold of my foot.  Anyway got BC in 2007 so that put it all on hold.  My concern is that the older I get the worse the 'deformity' could become.

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    My appointment is in a week gilly, the ladies on this forum are wonderful and tell the truth everyone is different I suppose but I'm still doing lots of research a scary thing to look forward too. Lol good luck x
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      Yes - I am getting to really understand that we are all so different especially when it comes to our feet operations.  BUT - like you I am doing the research and the first consultant really put me off.  What he was saying was true but I came away thinking I can still walk so maybe best left alone.  I would love to be able to try on a pair of shoes that I liked and consider buying them.  I also find it painful to walk bare foot - but - I can still walk.  Decisions, decisons.......  Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the forum and it seems you and I are in similar positions.
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    Hi, I have the same problem.  My right foot is actually deformed from the forefoot bunion and four hammer toes and the shape of my foot was like a triangle when i had a sock on !  mine also was hereditary as mum had awul feet and so did my nan.  They were of the generation of thinking a bunion op was a death sentance.  My left foot is not so bad i have a bunion but no hammer toes although they are shifting to the left the older i get.  I am 8 weeks post op on my very bad foot, came out of the op ok used crutches for couple of days and had two pain killers then no pain at all ...did as i was told elevated foot (higher than heart) and could do light house duties after a week.  Recovery has been great, i took extra calcium and arnica to keep bruising down.  wires came out yesterday and slight tenderness at the end of my middle toe which was the worst hammer toe, no bunion and straight toes, although as the surgeon did explain they would not be straight up as my forefoot bone is still crooked and unless they did surgery from my ankle it would always be the case.  I am very happy with the result, the fact that i can put a shoe on withought having to manouvre my foot around into it will be such a bonus !  All in all i would recommend havin the op  I am 60 years old and will not hesitate to have the other done which is booked for next year . GOOD LUCK
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      jilly - I have just looked at my foot, with a sock on, yes!!! A triangle and my Mum, etc, etc.  She is 92 and has a job to walk her balance is terrible but she does have lymphoedema in her legs.  However, I wonder if it is her deformed feet that do not help and she said a surgeon in the army told her to not have the op unless she had pain because she will be in a worse state in later life.  I think I have said the pain I am getting is from the end of a toe and i walk around in Crocs most of the time. 
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    Well all i can say is get it done we.re not getting any younger and the surgery nowadays is brilliant also dont worry about infection as when you are put out they also give you a shot of antibodies and as long as you keep it covered it will be fine,, i had wires out yesterday which didnt hurt one bit you just feel a slight pull and they slide out, they dressed my toes and a light bandage which i can remove sunday and get in the bath ,,,heaven
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    Hi Gilly.  Wish you every luck with your consulation, I'm sure if you're happy and reassured by your consultant,you might begin to think differently. There are loads of very positive and helpful posts on here, far outweighing negatives. I know this site's helped me, huge thanks to all who've posted! 

    As for my experience, I'm five weeks post surgery on one foot. I can honestly tell you I've found the whole experience nowhere near as frightening or as painful as it's reputation. I've had no real pain to speak of, just discomfort and the losing idependence was hard but for a couple of weeks,but for long term gain was worth it. When I first saw my new straight foot, I almost cried with happiness and I really can't wait to get my other foot done in a few weeks time!! Like you I was really ashamed of my deformed, ugly  not to mention very painful feet. For years I wouldn't dream of wearing open shoes no matter how hot, last year I wore boots all summer!! Utter madness!! I was repeatedly advised for years not to go ahead by a number of GP's, told too painful, so I delayed for years, even though I was in a lot of pain. Wish I hadn't. As others have rightly said the operations they perform now have really moved on. Really hope the collective and positive experiences on here don't make you cross the operation  off your bucket list quite yet especially as you feel up to getting it done. Good luck! Post and let us know how you get on.

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      Thank you all for being so supportive.  So bee did you have more than one toe done? 

      My consultation is on the 20th April.  I too will never where open toe shoes.  Even in hospital i would sit on bed with my feet covered over.  (My Mum always bought Clarks fitted shoes for me even though she was on National Assistance.  Other clothes were from jumble sales.  Lots of Love though. Poor lady that was money thrown down the drain if only we had had a crystal ball.)

      I do think maybe the positive is that now retired there is no probelm work wise and my husband will help me.

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      Me too gilly, I hide mine all the time, no one knows what I am planning in going through either, u have hammertoe and capsulitus so they think it's jut that really, don't know how I've kept it to myself, I work and have been worrying about sick leave but my feet are more important than work at the minute to be honest, I'll deal with each hurdle as I approach it and look for support and courage through all the ladies in here
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      Gilly I had my big toe and bunion done, bones were broken, three screws in total, I have mild arthritis too. Mine are heriditery too, poor Mum,my Granny and Grandpa all had them. I was always measured in Clarks when I would of loved to have rammed my feet into lovely fashion shoes but maybe that prevented us getting them as teenagers?!! So not a waste of your Mum's money. I saw a couple of consultants before I made my decision, went in the end with the surgeon podiatrist. For me the benefits outweighed the risks but everyone is different. I'm positive finding the right surgeon is the key, don't let this forum sway you either way, hope your consultant proves to be the right one for you this time around.   
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    Hello Gilly

    I do think that it all depends on a lot of different factors and as much as most stories you will read on this forum are quite encouraging you should be asking your suregeon lots of quesitons to make sure that your expectations are realistic.  I am 58 and have quite a bit of Osteo Arthritis so my joints are deformed.  I had my bunion surgery three months ago and it also included fore foot reconstruction (shortening of three bones in my mid foot to take pressure of toe joints).  The surgeon got rid of the bunion but in order to straightened my big toe he had to brake it in two places so I have three screws in it.  He is an excellend specialist and I firmly believe that he did the best possible job but my recovery is slow and very painful.  Three months post surgery I cannot wear normal shoes and most of the time I am still in post op boot.  I walk bear feet at home and that hurts too.  I am on synthetic morphine at night and paracetamol during day.  My GP is actually encouraging me to take more pain killers but I am very reluctant to do so.  I have seen the surgeon recently and was told to take it more slowly and expect at least another 5 months to achieve reasonable recovery.  

    I am not trying to scare you Gilly as your surgery needs are possibly quite different but I think that any expectations should be based on discussions with doctors more than just good experiences of lovely people on this forum.

    I personally am glad that I had my foot done as my bunion was very painful.  I kept delaying it for many years but in the end I felt that I was in too much pain and also I worried that as I get older my body will take longer to recover.

    I do not consider my experience bad at all,  just much longer than great majority of people on this forum so please Gilly,  ask your doctor than double the recovery time he gives you and you probably will be spot on.

    As for the pain,  even if you had similar experience to mine,  it can be managed and it does slowly get better.

    Good luck Gilly

     

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    Sorry gilly spelling is terrible as I'm out and about oops it should say I have capsulitus you get the gist lol
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      Don't about spelling... this site doesn't allow editing does it.  I have just sat and read a few more 'messages' one from a poor lady Tracey? where it went very wrong. I wonder how she is and if she got any where with her claim?

      I don't know I think I am getting very hesitant now just like before.  Our feet are very precious. When I asked the first consultant, who did put me off, if it will help me having the operation he said I do not give guarantees! 

      Well I will keep reading but it is obviously down to our 'feet' and I am allergic to morphine mmmm........ 

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      I fully understand, try and be positive gilly, each day another step closer to what you longed for. Ask ask and ask more especially to you surgeon x
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      Phew - so much info I think I will ask to lie on the consultant's couch as soon as I get there.  I will then pass him a list of my questions and tell him I have brought my own flask and sandwiches whilst I wait for him to work through them all.

      Then I will ask to look at his feet (just in case he has neglected them) then ask to look at all his 'before and after pictures', what procedures he could offer me, etc.  Then the ultimate question 'If my feet were yours would you leave them well alone as too risky?'

      I am pleased I have got the appointment - I need to go through with this at least.  

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      Teeheheee!! And don't forget to question a couple of his other patients in the waiting room to ask how they got on with him/their ops - there's one advantage at least - they are dead easy to spot!! (and yes I did!!) .
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