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Hi Cookie,
Like you, I hadn't heard of foot drop before. I was in the hospital for a week and each day they came and would take about it. I was quite confused.
I met with my OS today, he's scheduling me for another EMG in two weeks. If the results are the same as the first one I;ll be having a tendon transfer in a few months.
Im scared to death to go through this again....ARGH!!!! Im also taking your advise on wearing the AFO full time. What you said really had me thinking and thats a good thing.
Best of luck to you with your upcoming shoulder surgery. Hoping it goes well and is without complications.
Good wishes to you
Cindy
[QUOTE=shambles]Hi Cookie,
Like you, I hadn't heard of foot drop before. I was in the hospital for a week and each day they came and would take about it. I was quite confused.
I met with my OS today, he's scheduling me for another EMG in two weeks. If the results are the same as the first one I;ll be having a tendon transfer in a few months.
Im scared to death to go through this again....ARGH!!!! Im also taking your advise on wearing the AFO full time. What you said really had me thinking and thats a good thing.
Best of luck to you with your upcoming shoulder surgery. Hoping it goes well and is without complications.
Good wishes to you
Cindy[/QUOTE]
Hi Cindy,
Just read your e-mail, what is a tendon transfer? Is it in your leg for the foot drop? Let me know, I am curious,where they get the tendon from and where do they put it. When you have time let me know.
wear your afo cookie
[QUOTE=cookie51]Hi Cindy,
Just read your e-mail, what is a tendon transfer? Is it in your leg for the foot drop? Let me know, I am curious,where they get the tendon from and where do they put it. When you have time let me know.
wear your afo cookie[/QUOTE]


I haven't actually met with the surgeon who would do the surgery but from what my OS said, he would either take a tendon from my own foot (autograf)I think behind the ankle of the injured foot? Or use a cadaver (allograf) sp? If I have a choice, Id rather not screw up anymore of my own body parts and use the cadaver. Im sure after I have all the details i'll be better able to make that decision along with my Dr. I hope to have an appt with the surgeron shortly after my 25Feb EMG. I'll keep you posted.
Cindy
[QUOTE=cookie51]Hi Cindy,
Just a quick note, are you having this tendon and they are using it to help with your foot drop? Iwould like to know, I never heard of it, maybe i am confused about your surgery,please let me know.
Have a good night cookie[/QUOTE]

Hi Cookie.
Im not exactly sure what they will do or how they do it but I will let you know more once I've seen the specialist. Its my understanding that they take out part of my achillies tendon (sp?) and transfer it too the peroneal nerve where it was severed during the tibula break. I could be way off base but thats what I thought I heard my OS tell me...
Cindy
[QUOTE=shambles]Hi Cookie.
Im not exactly sure what they will do or how they do it but I will let you know more once I've seen the specialist. Its my understanding that they take out part of my achillies tendon (sp?) and transfer it too the peroneal nerve where it was severed during the tibula break. I could be way off base but thats what I thought I heard my OS tell me...
Cindy[/QUOTE]
Hi Cindy,
Just read your post, I am still confused, so the drs. think this surgery will help your foot drop, or is there another problem, this will address? I am so curious to find out is it is for foot drop I have never heard of it before. My drs. want to so spinal cord implant for the shooting nerve in my left leg, but said it would not help the foot drop.Right now on the implant I say no, I have so many other problems,I dont know what to deal with first. I think I will wait till after ankle and shoulder are taken care of before I have any implant done.All we can do is take it day by day.
Remember to wear your afo cookie
[QUOTE=shambles]Hi Cookie,
I tore my peroneal nerve when I fractured the tibula during the knee dislocation and immediatly had foot drop. The dr's do belive the tendon transfer can help.
I read that "tendon transfers like the posterior tibialis tendon transfer can add power to a foot with peroneal palsy"
There is an excellent article on Foot drop on emedicine.com.
I hope this helps.
Cindy[/QUOTE]
Hi Cindy,
Your nerve tore,so maybe this tendon surgery will help you. My drop foot,is the result of dr. hitting the nerve in my back during surgery last year, he said I have two nerve roots and he had to go between the nerves to do surgery, and thats when mine happened. So I dont think tendon surgery would help me, I dont want any more surgerys on my back ,but I pray yours go well, they do wonderful things today with surgery, its just a shame you even have to go thru this, but I am sure all will go well. I will look at the article you said and see if there is anything on my problem.
Thanks for the advice cookie
Hi Ctucker.
Welcome, Im also new here. Sorry to hear of your accident. Its great news that you are able to move your toes after so long. :) The doctor Im seeing is an Orthopedic Surgeon but he's not able to help me with my foot drop. He's sending me to another OS who specializes in foot and ankle surgery. My nerve was torn from the knee dislocation, but that has only been 4 months ago yesterday. I had a EMG test (long needles into the legs and foot) done the day after Christmas.. Because there was no nerve activity, he has scheduled another EMG next week. If the results are the same I will probably have a "tendon transfer". However, three days ago I started getting different tingling in my foot. I've had the nerve pain since the beginning but this is slightly different. Hopefully thats a good sign? My foot is more swollen now then when I first injured my knee. Can't get the swelling down even with compression socks...... UHG!!
Hi,
I have foot drop and neuropathy due to a 3rd hip replacement on my left hip (in 2001). Because of the pain of the neuropathy, I had lots of trouble wearing the AFO. I found a place in Maryland that made me an NFO, which allowed me to walk almost normally.
I was told that at the two year mark, I was as good as I would get.
After a period of time, even the NFO gave me extra pain. I was refered to a terrific Orthopaedic Surgeon who perfomed tendon transfer surgery. Although I have not completely recovered yet, I believe this surgery was a success.
However, if a person doesn't have the pain of neuopathy, the NFO would be beneficial. It cost us to fly there, but I don't regret it.
:angel:
[QUOTE=Sharonokay]Hi,
I have foot drop and neuropathy due to a 3rd hip replacement on my left hip (in 2001). Because of the pain of the neuropathy, I had lots of trouble wearing the AFO. I found a place in Maryland that made me an NFO, which allowed me to walk almost normally.
I was told that at the two year mark, I was as good as I would get.
After a period of time, even the NFO gave me extra pain. I was refered to a terrific Orthopaedic Surgeon who perfomed tendon transfer surgery. Although I have not completely recovered yet, I believe this surgery was a success.
However, if a person doesn't have the pain of neuopathy, the NFO would be beneficial. It cost us to fly there, but I don't regret it.
:angel:[/QUOTE]

Hi Sharonkay,
It sounds like the tendon transfer is the way to go for me too. How long was the recovery? Do you still have to wear the foot brace? Im planning on the surgery in the fall but I have some concerns. Are you able to point your foot at all? My injury was only a little over 5 months ago and my OS wants to wait till closer to the year mark.





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