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Bunion Surgery

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by tstamets, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. tstamets

    tstamets New Member

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    Down the road I will be looking at having a bunion surgery on my left foot. Looking for feedback from folks that have had this type of surgery. What was your experience, did you experience a lot of pain, after surgery did the surgeon keep your foot numb for a couple of days?

    It would be very helpful if I got feedback. Thank you for your time and I look forward to your responses.

  2. cathlondon

    cathlondon Guest

    I had a bunionectomy and 2nd metatarsal osteotomy 7 weeks ago. The actual surgery under GA and the first 3 weeks were much easier than I expected them to be. Sure, it hurts for the first few days but it was nothing too severe in my case and was easily managed with a regular painkiller routine. I only needed mild painkillers every four hours and did not need the strong ones they offered me. It was swollen and uncomfortable but overall it was a breeze for what was to come!

    Unluckily at 3 weeks post op I developed a nasty staph infection in the wound and it all opened back up. Then came excrutiating pain, fever and bad sickness. I was put on IV huge dose antibiotics and it took 4 weeks for the infection go.

    The bad news now is I have major scar contracture and nerve damage from the infection and it could be months before I am even able to start partially heel weight bearing. I am now having physical therapy as my foot is pretty screwed up now and my leg muscle has wasted away also. Had I not have gotten the infection I would have been well on my way to literally getting back on my feet by now.

    So I would say go for it, hopefully it will be worth it for you. I was just one of the unlucky ones . Research thoroughly and start doing upper arm exercises now as getting around on those crutches is damn hard work! Dont let my bad experience put you off but just be aware that things can and do (rarely) go wrong!

    I would love to hear others stories also and find our their experiences of bunion surgery.
  3. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    Consider carefully whether you 'need' it done or 'want' it done. I think I went into it too lightly thinking it would be a breeze........it wasn't. I reacted to the sedation, something that had never happened before. Not pleasant but I recovered ok. The pain after the surgery was a lot greater than I heard from others but no two ops are the same. The operation didn't work and I have now just been told my latest surgery hasn't worked either. This has been going on for 4 years now and I've had to give up many things I enjoy. I am a healthy 40ish year old who wishes I'd maybe looked at other options before surgery. It may not have made any difference but who knows, I may have ended up in the same situation regardless.

    Having said all the negatives I do know people who have had it done with no complications and good results but from what I gather these people were having fairly simple bunionectomys without other work needed. So make sure you ask the questions before you go ahead.

    Hope it goes well.
  4. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

    The responses you have received are why I previously cautioned you regarding solicitation of individual results. Folks don't generally come here because they have been pleased with their care and those moved to respond to your question will be heavily weighted to among those who have had poor results.

    If the surgeon is of good quality and the correct bunion surgery is selected . . and there are many varieties of bunions and bunion surgeries, the results are statistically very good and most patients are pleased, at least in my experience. Any surgery has the potential for complications and failure, but such is not typical.
  5. tstamets

    tstamets New Member

    Dear Foot Doctor,

    I understand what you are saying. I just wanted to be able to get other folks take. I will consider both takes and certainly it will come down to what my doctor tells me and what I need to have done.

    I so appreciate your response and help. I still have the hammertoe surgery to get over before having the bunion removed.

    Again, thank you so much for your help.
  6. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    Foot Doc needs another career

    Foot Doc,
    I happened upon this site due to an injury to my foot and I hoped to gain a little information from others who have also had foot injuries. Because of your condescending and churlish answers, I am hesitant to ask any advice at all, free though it may be. I have been scrolling through your answers to random questions for about 30 minutes now, and while I have gathered no information on my own situation, I have been thoroughly entertained. My boyfriend and I have been sitting here laughing over your insensitive remarks and I can only imagine what you must endure daily for you to have a need to post such unnecessary crap. If you are really here to help people, don't you think there are better ways of stating facts? I kind of think you're in the wrong field. You don't seem to have any empathy for other people. But you are entertaining as hell, with a lot of time on your hands. I've read posts of yours goading other people into verbal arguments which you respond to again and again after someone takes the bait. Who has time for such nonsense? People without friends or a social life, probably. As brilliant as you believe yourself to be, you are obviously unhappy and obviously very angry and dissatisfied, otherwise you wouldn't bother with this. I truly hope your life improves so you don't have to bully other people on the internet to make yourself feel better. However, in the meantime, I will continue to laugh over your responses. Thanks for the entertainment while my foot heals. Unfortunately, I'll be gone as soon as I'm better because I don't have time to keep up with this kind of nonsense. But for now, it's pretty great! Thanks again!

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