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Endoscopic fasciotomy surgery & running

Posted by mysty j on 12/06/01 at 15:41 (066342)

Before I got PF, I was running about 20K/week. I'm now at my wit's end and read on ecureme.com that endoscopic fasciotomy surgery is like the last resort to a treatment. Can anyone tell me how long they think it would take me to get back to the point when I can go running again after the surgery?

Re: Endoscopic fasciotomy surgery & running

BrianG on 12/06/01 at 21:43 (066375)

Hi Mysti J,

Actually EPF surgery is one of 3 common heel (PF) surgerys being done today. The least invasive is Minimal Release, up through the bottom of the foot. The EPF, is 2 holes bored / cut into each side of the ankle. Full Open Release is through the back of the heel and usually takes the longest to get you back on your feet again. I can't tell you how long you would be out of action after heel surgery. I do know that PF can relapse if your not carefull. Please listen to your heels. If you feel the pain returning, back off and give them a rest. You may want to look into ESWT instead of surgery. Much safer, less possible side effects. Good luck

BCG

Re: Endoscopic fasciotomy surgery & running

john h on 12/07/01 at 09:31 (066401)

mysty: these are just my personal thoughts and many may differ. i have had PF surgery and I was a runner who ran 30 miles a week 52 weeks a year. I would make surgery the very last thing on my list. I most certainly would try ESWT first. I would not even consider running 100 feet until I had the PF pain completely under control for at least 3-6 months. If it comes down to surgery I would elect Minimal Invasive over Endoscopic every time. I would make sure my surgeon had done at least a few hundered of these procedures. Do not expect to be running again for some months or perhaps a year even if your foot feels good or else you could just undo what the surgery may have done. You most definitely need to give up running immediately or you chance becoming a chroinc PF sufferer for many years.Read everything you can here but stop your running now.

Re: Endoscopic fasciotomy surgery & running

mysty j on 12/07/01 at 14:28 (066457)

Brian/John,

Thanks so much for the tips!

Re: Endoscopic fasciotomy surgery & running

satchel on 12/07/01 at 14:42 (066458)

Misty J,

The information you received at eCureme was correct. I have run in the past two Los Angeles Marathons, and have have had many problems, and have been told by three specialists that EFS (endoscopic fasciotomy Surgery) should be my last option.

Thank's for the tip on the site. Very usueful info.

By the way, if you ever need a running partner, I run down at the beach every weekend. Good luck! ;).

-Christopher

Re: Endoscopic fasciotomy surgery & running

John h on 12/08/01 at 09:28 (066512)

satchel: running on the beach? you bring up a whole new set of issues.

Re: yeah, but if she's a real runner...

elliott on 12/08/01 at 23:02 (066554)

she'll never listen to take that much time off. :-)

Re: Endoscopic fasciotomy surgery & running

BrianG on 12/06/01 at 21:43 (066375)

Hi Mysti J,

Actually EPF surgery is one of 3 common heel (PF) surgerys being done today. The least invasive is Minimal Release, up through the bottom of the foot. The EPF, is 2 holes bored / cut into each side of the ankle. Full Open Release is through the back of the heel and usually takes the longest to get you back on your feet again. I can't tell you how long you would be out of action after heel surgery. I do know that PF can relapse if your not carefull. Please listen to your heels. If you feel the pain returning, back off and give them a rest. You may want to look into ESWT instead of surgery. Much safer, less possible side effects. Good luck

BCG

Re: Endoscopic fasciotomy surgery & running

john h on 12/07/01 at 09:31 (066401)

mysty: these are just my personal thoughts and many may differ. i have had PF surgery and I was a runner who ran 30 miles a week 52 weeks a year. I would make surgery the very last thing on my list. I most certainly would try ESWT first. I would not even consider running 100 feet until I had the PF pain completely under control for at least 3-6 months. If it comes down to surgery I would elect Minimal Invasive over Endoscopic every time. I would make sure my surgeon had done at least a few hundered of these procedures. Do not expect to be running again for some months or perhaps a year even if your foot feels good or else you could just undo what the surgery may have done. You most definitely need to give up running immediately or you chance becoming a chroinc PF sufferer for many years.Read everything you can here but stop your running now.

Re: Endoscopic fasciotomy surgery & running

mysty j on 12/07/01 at 14:28 (066457)

Brian/John,

Thanks so much for the tips!

Re: Endoscopic fasciotomy surgery & running

satchel on 12/07/01 at 14:42 (066458)

Misty J,

The information you received at eCureme was correct. I have run in the past two Los Angeles Marathons, and have have had many problems, and have been told by three specialists that EFS (endoscopic fasciotomy Surgery) should be my last option.

Thank's for the tip on the site. Very usueful info.

By the way, if you ever need a running partner, I run down at the beach every weekend. Good luck! ;).

-Christopher

Re: Endoscopic fasciotomy surgery & running

John h on 12/08/01 at 09:28 (066512)

satchel: running on the beach? you bring up a whole new set of issues.

Re: yeah, but if she's a real runner...

elliott on 12/08/01 at 23:02 (066554)

she'll never listen to take that much time off. :-)