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should i have the operation???

Posted by julian .p. on 9/03/02 at 15:27 (094371)

Dear sir/madam,
I have been suffering with my heels for 1 and half years.I am 39 years old and have tried so many different treatments includeing.{quartozone injections on many occasions,night splints for 8 weeks,many different kinds of heel cusions,phisyo therapyfor 6 weeks,4 weeks not walking,exrays showed nothing wrong.
I recentley had a deep bone scan and my specialist told me that it showed up i have inflamation in the centre heel area,he told me in most people this would go in a space of 2 years,but unfortunateley he didnt think mine would and put me on the waiting list to have an operation on both heels in 1 year.
He said the operation was 90% work in most cases,only im a little afraid after hearing so many people who had operations and more trouble after the operation,he said i would be in a wheel-chair for 14 days and 10 weeks before walking .
My question is ,is there any alternative options from the operation and how much does it cost in england or america depending on price and results.
thankyou for your time.
julian.

Re: should i have the operation???

J. King on 9/03/02 at 20:12 (094394)

Your doctor seems a little too anxious to cut on you. 2 weeks in a wheelchair and ten weeks off your feet! I think you should get a second opinion pronto! I would be scared as well. Think about it.

John K

Re: should i have the operation???

Julie on 9/04/02 at 01:14 (094415)

Julian, if all conservative treatments have failed, there is an alternative to surgery: it is ESWT (extracorporeal shock wave treatment). It's non-invasive and should certainly be considered before surgery. You can find out about it on this website.

But perhaps you have not yet had all the conservative treatments. You should read the heel pain book for information (click on the blue link right here). And you should certainly see another foot specialist for a second opinion, as J. King says.

Re: should i have the operation???

Dr. John Cozzarelli on 9/04/02 at 13:53 (094451)

HI Julian:

Yes there are alternatives. ESWT is one which is non-invassive and is in England. I would investigate this avenue. In our practicw we cahrge $2,500.00one foot or $3,500.00 both feet up to three treatments. I would find out what type of surgery he or she is referring to.

Dr. John Cozzarelli

Re: should i have the operation???

Andrue on 9/05/02 at 07:33 (094511)

FWIW I exchanged messages a few months ago with someone in Southampton, UK who managed to get ESWT on the NHS (ie;it cost them nothing). They did have to struggle a bit though and it probably requires an understanding and experienced GP to refer you.

Given how difficult it is to get an MRI scan in the UK I'm not so sure about who offers ESWT over here. My local hospital recently made a song and dance about how, twice a week, a lorry turns up with a mobile MRI unit. I bet they probably won't even know what ESWT is let alone offer it.

Re: should i have the operation???

J. King on 9/03/02 at 20:12 (094394)

Your doctor seems a little too anxious to cut on you. 2 weeks in a wheelchair and ten weeks off your feet! I think you should get a second opinion pronto! I would be scared as well. Think about it.

John K

Re: should i have the operation???

Julie on 9/04/02 at 01:14 (094415)

Julian, if all conservative treatments have failed, there is an alternative to surgery: it is ESWT (extracorporeal shock wave treatment). It's non-invasive and should certainly be considered before surgery. You can find out about it on this website.

But perhaps you have not yet had all the conservative treatments. You should read the heel pain book for information (click on the blue link right here). And you should certainly see another foot specialist for a second opinion, as J. King says.

Re: should i have the operation???

Dr. John Cozzarelli on 9/04/02 at 13:53 (094451)

HI Julian:

Yes there are alternatives. ESWT is one which is non-invassive and is in England. I would investigate this avenue. In our practicw we cahrge $2,500.00one foot or $3,500.00 both feet up to three treatments. I would find out what type of surgery he or she is referring to.

Dr. John Cozzarelli

Re: should i have the operation???

Andrue on 9/05/02 at 07:33 (094511)

FWIW I exchanged messages a few months ago with someone in Southampton, UK who managed to get ESWT on the NHS (ie;it cost them nothing). They did have to struggle a bit though and it probably requires an understanding and experienced GP to refer you.

Given how difficult it is to get an MRI scan in the UK I'm not so sure about who offers ESWT over here. My local hospital recently made a song and dance about how, twice a week, a lorry turns up with a mobile MRI unit. I bet they probably won't even know what ESWT is let alone offer it.