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[QUOTE=aimski;4109870]Hey earthworm
thanks for your reply...from what I can gather you are the old hand at this.....it seems you are one of the ones who has been post-op the longest...
I admit I am still a little confused, Iím sure my Dr talked about shaving the bone and correcting the bend....I can't believe I am not 100% what procedure I had!! Perhaps I am much to trusting..I did do some research and asked my PD and sister GP for advice, but I am clearly not one for the details

hmmmm, either way I do have screws in though (and do they come out 6 weeks or so?)

I was reading back over your posts...you have been very busy since the op, that is amazing~~ how long after the op were you trekking and swimming and sightseeing etc??

what do you do for work? how long were you off? sorry if you have said this all before..I wasn't able to piece everything together

Do you mind if I ask how old you are??

I'm 28.....feel like I am about 108 right now though...they way I groan when I get out of the wheelchair and transfer to the couch

thanks again
aimski[/QUOTE]


Hi aimski,

Sometimes the saying ignorance is bliss is true :D I did a lot of research online and read some chapters on podiatry lol before my surgery. I was really scared about the possible complications etc after reading a lot of posts. The week before surgery I was really see-sawing about my decision of whether to go ahead with the surgery or not, as I was really nervous about the bad outcome of having more pain than before the surgery and also I had to travel to another country to get the surgery and would be staying at a hotel for the recovery. But my OS went through everything with me and the possible complications based on my foot anatomy ie bipartite sesamoid bones which was one small and one big size (it's like having a bicycle with a big wheel and a small wheel)! But looking back, it was one of the best decisions I had ever made!

I am not sure about yours, but mine have two permanent screws on each foot. I hope and pray they will stay nice and snug in there for the rest of my life :D I do know that some people had dissolvable screws (newer tech I think) and some had to have their permanent screws removed later on because they had come out and started rubbing on nerves and such. The general rule was if they don't bother you, you don't touch them :)

My first serious trip of a lot of walking was a little over six weeks post op. I must admit, my feet hurt at the end of the day and they were swollen. What hurt was actually my heels more than anything (i subconsciously avoided the balls of my feet). Since then, I had gone travel every month after that and each trip my feet got easier and easier :)

I am 10 years your senior :D You being so young is definitely an advantage as I think that young people tend to heal faster as well. I am in the medical field, but I am currently not working so I didn't have the pressure of time as some of the posters had to get back to work etc. I did both feet cuz I had to fly out to get the surgery done and the hospital fees were rather steep as well. Knowing myself, I would be impatient if one foot was operated on and one wasn't. That's when people start to get antsy and do more then they were supposed to and get into trouble sometimes. This way, I was completely out of commision for a time and then both feet had to learn together, so I would not favor one vs another. So I am really happy both were done at the same time :D I am sure you are too ;)

Haha...i know what you mean about feeling old. I can't believe it's been 21 weeks since that anxious day in the OR! Time flies, before you know it, you will be jumping and dancing all over town ;)

Be sure to take it easy as much as you can. I have heard people overdoing it in the beginning causing more swelling or having stress fracture to other bones and ended up complete no weight bearing for even longer time. Literally two steps forward one step back :D


Happy healing!!

Cheers!
Here too Pearl.. almost 5 months for me.. The swelling is gone... had to visit my podiatrist again for infection in both my big toes from a bad pedicure...Guess I will be making my own toes pretty from now on. I think the infection was worse for me because to my bunion surgery... The big toes were really aching... all is good now! Good to see the same ole gang here.... we can ask.. "was it worth it" I do believe it was..
take care
[QUOTE=Laurieivy;4117668]Here too Pearl.. almost 5 months for me.. The swelling is gone... had to visit my podiatrist again for infection in both my big toes from a bad pedicure...Guess I will be making my own toes pretty from now on. I think the infection was worse for me because to my bunion surgery... The big toes were really aching... all is good now! Good to see the same ole gang here.... we can ask.. "was it worth it" I do believe it was..
take care[/QUOTE]

Hey Laurie, so good to hear from you and that all is back to normal except for the toe infections. I have been doing my own since 3 years ago when I got toenails infections from a pedicure place. Been so scare since then, so I would rather do my own. It is not as nice as being pampered and waited on, but I know for sure I am risk free :D

Pearl, so great to hear that you are able to fit into all your shoes now! You didn't think that day would come, did ya? As we all know, we all heal differently and Laurie was the first to "fly" :D and you took a little longer cuz you had a lot more done to your feet. I am sure we are all glad that it was all worth it ;) All's well that ends well :D

Cheers!





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