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Hi all,

I'm having foot surgery on 17 May 04 to correct a bad plantar fasciotomy. I have nerve damage and a ton of scar tissue and the PF is still all junked up, so the orthopedic surgeon is going to in and try to reverse the nerve damage and clean up the PF. While I'm not worried about the surgery so much, I am worried about the recovery, especially getting around on crutches and generally, being bored! I'm 20 and still live with my family so I have help, but during the day they're gone. I was thinking of doing SlimFast while I'm recovering (even though I think it's a bad weight loss program) to limit food preparation and to help offset the potential weight gain that could occur. I'll be in a non-weightbearing/walking cast for a total of 6+ weeks. I have some questions for the board, but most of you seem to have had bunion surgery, so maybe the recovery is different--but here goes! 1) I've heard a lot of people say they keep their foot elevated 23 hours a day for 2 or 3 weeks-- is that true? 2)Are you at all worried about DVT? I'm taking a summer class on Saturdays too, for 4 hours, and I'm worried about how I'll handle that with the cast/pain. 3)How long did you stay on the painkillers? 4) Did you get the cast on right away after surgery? If so, how does that work when you still have stiches and all that? My surgeon is saying that more likely than not, I'll be staying overnight in the hospital to get IV antibiotics and so he can put a drain in my foot. I have an appointment with him next week to go over the MRI and surgical plan. I know this has to be fixed, but I'm worried... also 5)How often did you have followup visits with your surgeon? and finally :) 6) what kind of anesthesia did you get-- and which would you recommend? :)

Thanks for all the help!

--Karyn
[QUOTE=KarynLR]Hi all,

I'm having foot surgery on 17 May 04 to correct a bad plantar fasciotomy. I have nerve damage and a ton of scar tissue and the PF is still all junked up, so the orthopedic surgeon is going to in and try to reverse the nerve damage and clean up the PF. While I'm not worried about the surgery so much, I am worried about the recovery, especially getting around on crutches and generally, being bored! I'm 20 and still live with my family so I have help, but during the day they're gone. I was thinking of doing SlimFast while I'm recovering (even though I think it's a bad weight loss program) to limit food preparation and to help offset the potential weight gain that could occur. I'll be in a non-weightbearing/walking cast for a total of 6+ weeks. I have some questions for the board, but most of you seem to have had bunion surgery, so maybe the recovery is different--but here goes! 1) I've heard a lot of people say they keep their foot elevated 23 hours a day for 2 or 3 weeks-- is that true? 2)Are you at all worried about DVT? I'm taking a summer class on Saturdays too, for 4 hours, and I'm worried about how I'll handle that with the cast/pain. 3)How long did you stay on the painkillers? 4) Did you get the cast on right away after surgery? If so, how does that work when you still have stiches and all that? My surgeon is saying that more likely than not, I'll be staying overnight in the hospital to get IV antibiotics and so he can put a drain in my foot. I have an appointment with him next week to go over the MRI and surgical plan. I know this has to be fixed, but I'm worried... also 5)How often did you have followup visits with your surgeon? and finally :) 6) what kind of anesthesia did you get-- and which would you recommend? :)

Thanks for all the help!

--Karyn[/QUOTE]
Hi Karyn:
Sorry! didn't mean to post this without a reply but I was at work and had to sign off rather quickly!!
I haven't had the same surgery as you but I do know about crutches!! What a pain!! I had ankle surgery about a year ago and I was in a half cast for 10 days and then they took the sutures out. I then got a cast. So I was with crutches for another 3 weeks. After 3 weeks I went to a walking cast. Get a backpack to use with your crutches. Even a small one is great if your just going to the store, etc. I borrowed my daughter's very small backpack/purse.
Try not to scratch the inside of your cast! :nono: I did cheat and used a hanger and when they took the cast off I did have a few sores on my leg. They even found a nickel inside my cast! Go figure!
As for the diet: I know what you mean about potential weight gain. I'm a little paranoid because last year I lost about 40 lbs and I'm afraid I'm going to gain some of my weight back when I have my next surgery. But I think that being on crutches is a great cardio workout!
While your family is away during the day, have a cooler with food and drinks in it. And make sure your leg is really elevated. It helps with the pain.
Remember if I can do the crutches thing (and I'm in my 40's) then you can too! :)
Take Care and Good Luck,
Karen





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