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After many years of worrying whether surgery was the right option for me I have just a double osteotomy on my left foot using non invasive (key hole) surgery.
My decision was helped by being able to talk things through with my surgeon in advance for more than just a few minutes. (I paid for this privately but it was well worth it). Having decided that I was going to proceed I was able to join the same surgeon's NHS list.
My operation took place on 7/2/09 and I was told from the outset that I would have a 6 week recovery period - the first 4 weeks of which I would not be able to put any weight on the foot at all, followed by 2 weeks in a surgical boot where I could take some weight on my heel. The reason for the 4 weeks was that the degree of correction needed meant that the break in the bone had to be further up my foot.
Apart from being a bit woozy from the anaesthetic I felt fine and left hospital the same day. I had no pain but left with a pain relief patch on my arm which I removed 3 days later. I can honestly say I have had no real pain at all (although I know that getting back walking might be different!)
I have just been for my 2 week check up and I cannot believe how good my foot looks. There is practically no swelling and rather than a wound with stitches I just have three small holes which are already healing.
I have been told that I must not be tempted to take any weight on the foot until I have had a further x ray taken at the 6 week stage. My surgeon says that I might think my foot was strong enough as I didn't feel any pain but the bones could move and all the good work be undone - so I am being very careful!
I have taken pictures at each stage and will post these at further updates.
It's true what everyone says - the recovery (and being on crutches ) is the worst part but for me that's because of boredom rather than any discomfort! Still my cat is very happy that she has a lap to sit on most of the time!
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