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[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][COLOR="Indigo"][SIZE="4"]I'm looking for any information on what I might expect from surgery to repair a hammertoe and bunion. I've been to the doctor and he explained that to repair the hammertoe the bunion also must be repaired. He went on further to say that I'd be in a boot for approximately 8 weeks and the first week I'd be completely off my feet, I believe he mentioned a pin would be inserted as well. He discussed the proceedure further but this was a few months ago and to be quite honest; I put the idea out of my head. [B] I'm very nervous!![/B]I really want to know what to expect; what type of pain, how long were you NWB restricted, when did you put on any sort of real "shoe"whether a sneaker or not, how was the swelling....but most importatnly...when were you walking normal again; normal being described as "no pain and no swelling".

I really appreciate any and all replies as the timing of this surgery is very important. I have a trip planned in October and something is telling me to do the surgery "AFTER" the trip.

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Hi

I have just seen your message as I have not been able to get online for a few weeks since my op. I know how you feel about the replies, or rather, lack of! I have put a few posts on here and felt very alone with not a single reply...I even got a warning once cos I posted a link to my foot blog! Wwas seen as advertising!)

Anyway, I havent had exactly the same as you may have, but I had fusion and straightening of the 1st IP joint on my big toe. This involved a pin going through the tip of my big toe all the way to the 2nd joint almost. This is the most painful and I am 5 weeks post op today and it is very sore still, esp at night. I have a cut around the joint of the big toe and a cut on the tip where the pin was inserted.

then I had weils shortening to metatarsals 2, 3, 4 and 5. This was because I have a very short 1st metatarsal and was weight bearing through toes 2 to 4 which was very painful and caused a huge buildup of callus.
I had cuts between 2 and 3 and another between 4 and 5. each cut is about 2inches long.

I am partial weight bearing in a reverse camber shoe and on crutches. I also use a wheel chair for doc visits as any walking is very painful.

I was told to expect a very long recovery and will have orthotics fitted in may and should be able to start full weight bearing in late may / june.

It has been very painful but I am pleased with how my foot looks now even though it is very swolled and goes purple when it is any lower than heart level!

I really hope you make an informed choice and become painfree soon

Kate x
Hi

I had the metatarsals on the all toes next to my big toe shortened and fixed with screws and my big toe fused with a pin. so every toe was operated on. they went in through the top of the foot where i have 2 cuts, the big toe joint where i have a cut and the tip of the big toe has a cut too so i have 4 incisions.

sorry for the confusing message, i am still in alot of pain and on strong painkillers so what i think isnt always what i type!
[QUOTE=klang2001;4221870]Hi

I had the metatarsals on the all toes next to my big toe shortened and fixed with screws and my big toe fused with a pin. so every toe was operated on. they went in through the top of the foot where i have 2 cuts, the big toe joint where i have a cut and the tip of the big toe has a cut too so i have 4 incisions.

sorry for the confusing message, i am still in alot of pain and on strong painkillers so what i think isnt always what i type![/QUOTE]

Hello Klang,

Sounds like you had similar surgery to mine. My surgery was performed on March 23. I am seven weeks post op. I had metatarsals on toes 2, 3, 4 shortened, big toe straightened, toes 2, 3, were fused. Nothing was done to my baby toe. I had pins, wires, I am not sure what they are called as everyone seems to call them something different, coming out of toes 2 and 3 and my big toe. They also went in through the top of my foot with several cuts and the side of my big toe. The pins and stitches were removed five weeks after surgery. I was very nervous going into that appointment, mostly about having the pins removed, but much to my surprise it didn't really hurt at the time of removal. I could feel them come out but it was not painful. I was not given any medication for this. It hurt more when the stitches were removed but it wasn't really that painful either. The pain came after he re-wrapped it very tight and I returned home. It was painful for about three days after that appointment, but nothing that could not be managed with Aleeve round the clock. I am still NWB and even if the doctor gave me the ok, I wouldn't be able to put weight on it due to the pain. One of the biggest challenges has been to be under "house arrest" as my doctor puts it. Friends and family have been coming over but I am not really allowed to go off my property. I do go out in the backyard. I go back to the doctor in two weeks and hope he will give me the ok to be out of the house. When was your surgery?
Hi everyone,

Just thought I'd give you an idea of how I personally found surgery (so far!).

I had bunion surgery on both feet and hammertoe surgery on one toe a little over two weeks ago now, and so far it has gone surprisingly brilliantly in terms of pain and discomfort. I can honestly say (which I find a little odd) that I have had no pain whatsoever! Only a sort of pins and needles sensation which I assume is a result of the nerves becoming sensitive again. The only discomfort I have experienced is a slight bruising in one of my big toes, but aside from that I have had no problems. The feet aren't even swollen! The worst part of my surgery has been the frustration of having to lie around alot with my feet elevated. I'm itching to get up and about, but I'm very wary of allowing a steady recovery.

I have found it fascinating to read the broad degrees of pain people have experienced from similar surgeries! Having said that, there are lots of different bunion surgeries available and many other factors come into play when applying such trauma to the feet which would affect a patient's recovery. If I've learnt anything from researching the surgery, its that you can never predict the track of your recovery as it really does differ from person to person. And never forget that people will always be eager to share bad experiences as opposed to good.

The only thing I'm a little apprehensive about now is the pin removal from my (ex) hammertoe! Its odd to think there isn't any pain relief but I'm hoping a couple of painkillers beforehand will help enough.

Hope surgery is going well for anyone concerned! Good luck with everything and think of your lovely new feet!:p
[QUOTE=emily1234;4259998]Hi everyone,

Just thought I'd give you an idea of how I personally found surgery (so far!).

I had bunion surgery on both feet and hammertoe surgery on one toe a little over two weeks ago now, and so far it has gone surprisingly brilliantly in terms of pain and discomfort. I can honestly say (which I find a little odd) that I have had no pain whatsoever! Only a sort of pins and needles sensation which I assume is a result of the nerves becoming sensitive again. The only discomfort I have experienced is a slight bruising in one of my big toes, but aside from that I have had no problems. The feet aren't even swollen! The worst part of my surgery has been the frustration of having to lie around alot with my feet elevated. I'm itching to get up and about, but I'm very wary of allowing a steady recovery.

I have found it fascinating to read the broad degrees of pain people have experienced from similar surgeries! Having said that, there are lots of different bunion surgeries available and many other factors come into play when applying such trauma to the feet which would affect a patient's recovery. If I've learnt anything from researching the surgery, its that you can never predict the track of your recovery as it really does differ from person to person. And never forget that people will always be eager to share bad experiences as opposed to good.

The only thing I'm a little apprehensive about now is the pin removal from my (ex) hammertoe! Its odd to think there isn't any pain relief but I'm hoping a couple of painkillers beforehand will help enough.

Hope surgery is going well for anyone concerned! Good luck with everything and think of your lovely new feet!:p[/QUOTE]

Hi Emily,

I had hammertoe and had two toes fused. I wanted to let you know that you don't have to waist your energy on worrying about the pin removal. I was really worried about that also. The doctor pulled them out of my toes and all I could really feel was pressure. It didn't hurt at all. I was not given anything when he removed them. He also removed my stitches the same day. The stitches pulled a little and stung a little but nothing that can't be tolerated. I did not take any pain medication prior to having them removed. My foot was in pain later on that evening from the removal, I took Advil and it was fine after that. Try not to stress!

Good luck!

Cindy





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