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Failed tarsal tunnel surgery

Posted by Lynn H on 2/09/03 at 13:36 (108588)

Three years ago I had Tarsal Tunnel surgery on a foot that was not very painful. My Podiatrist recommended the surgery and a specialist in Baltimore did surgery. Pain became much worse about six months after the surgery. A year ago a Podiatrist redid the tarsal tunnel surgery and made it worse. I have to wear a CAM walker most of the time and cannot walk for any length of time without a lot of pain. I take pain medication all the time to be able to work. Now the doctors are recommending a vein wrap procedure on the tibial newrve in the tarsal tunnel. Has any one had this done?

Re: Failed tarsal tunnel surgery

Henry C on 2/10/03 at 10:03 (108667)

Did you go to Greater Chesapeake Orthopaedic Associates? If so, I can give you all the information that you need. After a failed release, I went to Baltimore and had the vein wrap procedure. The operation was not any more painful then a normal release procedure. On my leg a seven inch incision was made to harvest the vein. The tibial nerve is then released and the vein is wrapped around it.

Then there is the two year wait to see if the operation is sucessful. My operation helped a little, but did not remove the pain on the bottom of my foot. I am now looking at having a nerve stimulator implanted into my leg.

If you need any further information, please don't hesitate to ask.

Re: Failed tarsal tunnel surgery

Lynn H on 2/10/03 at 20:31 (108745)

GCOA was consulted and suggested the vein wrap. They weren't very optimistic because I have already had two surgeries on this area. The first doc was also from Baltimore, but was a plastic surgeon that specialized in peripheral nerves. He did the first tarsal tunnel and made things much worse. I don't know if hearing that it isn't any worse than a release in regard to pain is encouraging. The two surgeries for releases were very painful and I have had several other surgeries on my foot.

Re: Failed tarsal tunnel surgery

Henry C on 2/10/03 at 10:03 (108667)

Did you go to Greater Chesapeake Orthopaedic Associates? If so, I can give you all the information that you need. After a failed release, I went to Baltimore and had the vein wrap procedure. The operation was not any more painful then a normal release procedure. On my leg a seven inch incision was made to harvest the vein. The tibial nerve is then released and the vein is wrapped around it.

Then there is the two year wait to see if the operation is sucessful. My operation helped a little, but did not remove the pain on the bottom of my foot. I am now looking at having a nerve stimulator implanted into my leg.

If you need any further information, please don't hesitate to ask.

Re: Failed tarsal tunnel surgery

Lynn H on 2/10/03 at 20:31 (108745)

GCOA was consulted and suggested the vein wrap. They weren't very optimistic because I have already had two surgeries on this area. The first doc was also from Baltimore, but was a plastic surgeon that specialized in peripheral nerves. He did the first tarsal tunnel and made things much worse. I don't know if hearing that it isn't any worse than a release in regard to pain is encouraging. The two surgeries for releases were very painful and I have had several other surgeries on my foot.