recovering after scarf cuts and screws on both feet, would like to know anybody who experienced thi

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I decided to join this forum as I am 12 days into resting after bunion correction on both feet and starting to see my feet! Which was a relieve! :-)

Started to feel a little flat about things after my bandages came off and saw how my feet were looking. Don't get me wrong I'm still sure I made the right decision I just figured I wanted to chat about how other people are getting along after recovery? What sort of things work best for you?

Also had considered using Manuka honey on my wounds to enhance quicker healing and less scar marks? Anybody tried this?

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    When did you get your stitches out or do you have dissolveable stitches? I wasn't able to put anything on my incisions until a month post-op. I had dissolvable stitches that wouldn't stop popping up evem when cut. Bio Oil and E45 Cream are my current favorites.
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      Hi Kaliana,

      I've had dissolvable stiches and these were cut when my bandages came off on day 10. I wasn't sure as to how long I should wear dressings for and haven't applied any creams or oils yet.

      How do you feel about your feet? Are you much happier with them?

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      Mine were cut too but the remains sprouted up a week or two later. I didn't start any creams until week 4, when my incisions were completely healed and closed. If you start too soon, you run the risk of softening them too much and them opening back up. One of mine opened up my first day of PT after being closed 3 weeks.

      I'm very happy with my foot I had Lapidus on. It's no longer a daily pain source like before surgery. Mine doesn't look perfect but that wasn't the point of surgery either. Each week, the swelling goes down more but keep elevating. By week 4, I had a much better idea of what it really looked like. Best of luck to you!

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      No I get the point about not looking perfect and that not being solely the reason to not having it done. I'm glad your swelling is going down, mine is too which is rewarding! In time though it'll only look better. 😀

      Never realised until now as to why recovery is a long period of time! Ha

      I really appreciate my feet a lot more now!

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      I really appreciate mine more now too!

      Today's 7 week post-op appointment went far better than I had thought it would. The X-rays show a 85% fusion so far, which my surgeon said was fantastic at 7 weeks. I have zero pain and minimal swelling. I no longer need the boot! I will be wearing a sneaker now. Next week, I can start using an exercise bike and elliptical. No running yet but I wasn't expecting that until next year anyway. I really miss running!

      I had been worried that my next surgery for my left foot would be cancelled due to my bacterial pneumonia and partially collapsed left lung. He said as long as I'm better in 2 weeks from today, I can still get my surgery as scheduled in November. Fingers crossed! I'm not sure how to post pictures on here to show you my new foot.

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    I decided to join the forums on bunions before I get my bunion operated on. I have one on my big toe on my right foot that is pushing my second toe over slightly now.   Still don't feel confortable about the op.     I would like to hear from people who have had the minimal invasive technique also would love to hear from the people who have had the Boesch Technique where they use a wire and a lot quicker recovery.  I would prefer my bunion was done by a simpler method than the old way.      The Boesch Technique is done in Europe, Germany and America.   Would love to hear from people who have had it done this way.

     

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      Hi Pamela, I hadn't heard of this Boesch technique so couldn't give you any personal experience on this!

      Worth looking at maybe a bunion support for your toe in the meantime - or are you doing this already? I never used one actually and wondered if I had would this of helped!

      Best of luck with your research!

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    Hi Nicole - Many thanks for reply.    I am just going to start looking to see what is available in bunion supports while I find out as much as I can about the minimal invasive technique and the Boesch Technique.    I am hoping more people that have had it done this way will put their experiences about it on this forum.    I think mine is too far gone now for some sort of support but I am going to look into it anyway, just in case there is something suitable.     Just coming into summer here now in Australia so will be in sandals very soon and am always very conscious of my bunion now when it gets hot and have to wear sandals.
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      I've never heard of this procedure either. What's different about it? How is it different than keyhole or bunionplasty?
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      Hi Kaliana - The Beosch Technique is minimally invasive keyhole surgery and they use a wire instead of a screw.   The wire is is not left in like the screw it is removed after 4 weeks and the recovery time is a lot quicker because of this.   It is a more simpler and less invasive operation.  If it were done here in Australia I would'nt hesitate - I'd have it done tomorrow.  Also you don't have to be fully sedated.
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      Wow that sounds great! I needed Lapidus the most invasive and a soft tissue lateral release. I needed a permanent titanium plate and screws to correct my big sized bunion and hypermobility. Maybe if I got surgery in my teen years I could had gotten a much less invasive procedure. Best of luck to you with it! How come it's not done in Australia? I find that fishy when a country doesn't do it at all. Maybe too new or the research doesn't look good enough on longterm outcomes?
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