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After about 2 years of on going problems with both of my feet
I have just signed consent paperwork for bilateral surgery.

This surgery will be the 4th in this time, it's something I've not decided lightly.

I will be having my right big toe fused and my left subtalar joint undergo a synovectomy.

We are at the point where one leg is over compensating too much injuring the other and I have not been able to get back to any form of normal function.

The decision is to repair/address issues with each leg at the same time so as I rehab this time around I can re-gain strength in each leg and understand the new way my body moves (I've had both sesamoids removed in my right foot, which is also about to get fused)

So obviously the way that foot works and will work will permanently change.

I'd be interested to hear from others that haven't had a "good leg" and have had to resort to bilateral surgery and how they have managed the first few days and weeks, both in hospital and at home.

I will be cleared for full weight bearing as tolerated in a post op shoe, but my surgeon does use nerve blocks and I will be interested to learn how they plan to numb my entire lower body.

It will be also interesting to see if they will try and let me shower when I have no feeling in my legs.

Due to the nature of the surgery and my home situation I will be admitted for 7 days, potentially longer.

I did note sticky "Tactics for coping while non-weight-bearing after foot surgery" just wondering how others have managed in hospital for that time and kept themselves occupied.

I've found the first few days are write offs, but I'm going to have to make the hospital room "home" for a week and keen to get an insight into how others have managed this.

Thank you in advance.

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