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Update on My Full Release Surgery Progress - If You are Interested :-)

Posted by Nancy on 2/25/99 at 00:00 (005073)

Hi all;
I had full release surgery on February 5th on my right foot and the incision is about 2 - 2 1/2 inches long on the inside of the foot. I don't consider myself a wimp but it was quite painful when I awoke from the surgery. Of course, it didn't help that the nurses forgot to elevate my leg so my foot was lying on the bed! The gave me Morphine and Demorol but they just made me sleepy. It's funny when you are tired and can't fall asleep because the nurses are so noisy
!

My Doctor removed my staples at about a week and a half after surgery and about 2 hours later my incision popped open in the middle. I have an infection in it now so it is delaying the healing process a bit! The Dr. recommended soaking my foot in Epsom salts then using Polysporin cream and cover it with a bandaid. It seems to be working quite well as I have noticed the difference in healing in the 2 days that I have been using it!

I've been told that I could be walking on it a bit soon, but the only advise my Doctor gave me was to use my own judgement. I guess I'm wanting to rush things a bit but I'm off work without pay and the bills don't stop!

My foot gets pretty stiff when I'm off of it for a while so it takes some stretching to get walking properly again. I'm getting tired of using pain medication but it is keeping me mobile later in the day. The only bad thing about this medication is that it has caffine in it so I feel like cleaning everything in sight but my foot keeps slowing me down. Oh well, can't have it all, I guess! :-)

I've been able to do some longer walking such as at the mall for an hour or so. It gets pretty sore but I think keeping moving is a good idea so the muscles don't get too stiff.

I've been asked if having the surgery is worthwhile - I can't say just yet but the healing process has been quicker that I expected, fo me anyway!

I'll try to keep you posted on my progress if there is interest shown. In the meantime, take care all - and take care of those sore, sore feet
!

Nancy


Re: Update on My Full Release Surgery Progress - If You are Interested :-)

Cheryl R. on 2/26/99 at 00:00 (005082)

I had the surgery back in November 1998. The 'full release' with the incision on the side of the foot. I didn't have much pain right after the surgery until they made me put weight on it. I only used the pain medicine for the first 2 nights and have not used any since. I had alot of pain and swelling up until a month ago when I started PT. Ever since then, it's been great. No pain at all except after being on my feet for a long period.
The PT stated that I walked on it too soon and too much... I'm not sure who to believe anymore, but the PT helped me alot and I'm sticking to what he told me. I still stretch 3 times a week and just started, this week, walking 2 miles every morning. So far so good... : )
Good luck with yours. Hope it keeps improving.

Re: Update on My Full Release Surgery Progress - If You are Interested :-)

Nancy on 2/26/99 at 00:00 (005085)

Thanks Cheryl. Best of luck to you too!

Nancy


Re: Update on My Full Release Surgery Progress - If You are Interested :-)

Cheryl R. on 2/26/99 at 00:00 (005082)

I had the surgery back in November 1998. The 'full release' with the incision on the side of the foot. I didn't have much pain right after the surgery until they made me put weight on it. I only used the pain medicine for the first 2 nights and have not used any since. I had alot of pain and swelling up until a month ago when I started PT. Ever since then, it's been great. No pain at all except after being on my feet for a long period.
The PT stated that I walked on it too soon and too much... I'm not sure who to believe anymore, but the PT helped me alot and I'm sticking to what he told me. I still stretch 3 times a week and just started, this week, walking 2 miles every morning. So far so good... : )
Good luck with yours. Hope it keeps improving.

Re: Update on My Full Release Surgery Progress - If You are Interested :-)

Nancy on 2/26/99 at 00:00 (005085)

Thanks Cheryl. Best of luck to you too!

Nancy