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Greetings Everyone!

After what feels like years of lurking on this forum for research, inspiration and hope I've decided to introduce myself and let you know my foot sorrows. I'm Emma, 22, and I suffer from severe bunions and hammertoes on both feet. But on November 30th I will finally do something about it! I spent years fretting over the cost, recovery and overall outcome and I'm finally ready to go for it -- regardless of whether it leaves me in debt, jobless and with permanent scars (not to sound negative but I'm being cautiously optimistic).

The doctor agreed to do both at the same time (bilateral bunionectomy plus 3 hammer toe corrections on each foot). He says I'll be completely non-weight bearing (in a wheelchair) for 2-3 months. From the experiences you have all shared I feel that this is an exaggeration and that because of my youth I will bounce back more quickly. In any case, I'm preparing myself for it all.

I think I am most afraid of two things: being put under general anesthesia, and the back pain I will experience from being immobile for so long (I suffer from a chronic pain syndrome but refuse to take pain medication for it). I'm sure everything will work out fine, and even if they don't at least I tried... its better than living with these horribly painful, painfully ugly-lookin' feet.

Right now I'm just feeling apprehensive about the podiatrist that I chose. I researched him and I am confident that the surgery will be a success but for a long time now I've played with the idea of flying to New York to have the procedures done by a cosmetic foot surgeon... more expensive, I know, but I figure if I'm finally going to do something about my feet (which I've hid my entire life) I might as well pay extra to have presentable feet. I don't aspire to be a foot model or anything but I would hate to trade-in banged up, calloused, crooked toes for scarred feet that people will ask me about for the rest of my life. In my heart though I feel like I am doing the right thing and that cosmetic foot surgeons are over-hyped.

I don't think I have any questions at the moment but I'm sure I will be bugging all you good folks for recovery help very very soon!

Thanks for reading and for your support!
[QUOTE=modelem;3303796]Greetings Everyone!

After what feels like years of lurking on this forum for research, inspiration and hope I've decided to introduce myself and let you know my foot sorrows. I'm Emma, 22, and I suffer from severe bunions and hammertoes on both feet. But on November 30th I will finally do something about it! I spent years fretting over the cost, recovery and overall outcome and I'm finally ready to go for it -- regardless of whether it leaves me in debt, jobless and with permanent scars (not to sound negative but I'm being cautiously optimistic).

The doctor agreed to do both at the same time (bilateral bunionectomy plus 3 hammer toe corrections on each foot). He says I'll be completely non-weight bearing (in a wheelchair) for 2-3 months. From the experiences you have all shared I feel that this is an exaggeration and that because of my youth I will bounce back more quickly. In any case, I'm preparing myself for it all.

I think I am most afraid of two things: being put under general anesthesia, and the back pain I will experience from being immobile for so long (I suffer from a chronic pain syndrome but refuse to take pain medication for it). I'm sure everything will work out fine, and even if they don't at least I tried... its better than living with these horribly painful, painfully ugly-lookin' feet.

Right now I'm just feeling apprehensive about the podiatrist that I chose. I researched him and I am confident that the surgery will be a success but for a long time now I've played with the idea of flying to New York to have the procedures done by a cosmetic foot surgeon... more expensive, I know, but I figure if I'm finally going to do something about my feet (which I've hid my entire life) I might as well pay extra to have presentable feet. I don't aspire to be a foot model or anything but I would hate to trade-in banged up, calloused, crooked toes for scarred feet that people will ask me about for the rest of my life. In my heart though I feel like I am doing the right thing and that cosmetic foot surgeons are over-hyped.

I don't think I have any questions at the moment but I'm sure I will be bugging all you good folks for recovery help very very soon!

Thanks for reading and for your support![/QUOTE]

Hi Emma
I hope that you can get over your fear of general anesthesia. I've had five surgeries on my right ankle after I broke it in three places and received general anesthesia each time. The last thing I can remember was lying there in the holding room waiting to go into surgery. Each time they said they were giving me something in my IV to help me relax and I was out till after the surgery was over and I was in the recovery room.

I hope you'll stay in touch and keep us updated.

Mus:)





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