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How long to wait for surgical consult for TTS post PT?

Posted by Debbie D. on 1/05/04 at 08:55 (141391)

How long should I wait after PT is finished (only 4 treatments left) before I get a surgical consult? The physiatrist who is treating me is recommending surgery as of last Friday, but I don't want to give up hope yet, neither does my therapist. How long post PT does the burning sensations last? Will it take a few months to feel the effects of the PT if the TTS is successfully cured, meaning the burning sensations go away? Are there any good surgeons in the D.C./Baltimore metro areas? Phone numbers and addresses would be helpful in case I need them. And does anyone know of success rates for this type of surgery?

Re: How long to wait for surgical consult for TTS post PT?

marie on 1/05/04 at 17:34 (141439)

I didn't have the surgery. My gp pushed the issue but after talking with a surgeon I decided to wait....boy am I glad I did because I have improved and function at 90-95%. My understanding is that surgery is only suggested if all traditional treatments failed. I went 3 years before I started to see improvement...but everyone is different.

Re: How long to wait for surgical consult for TTS post PT?

Carol D on 1/06/04 at 09:02 (141472)

I had non-invasive treatments for 1 year with no change. I only decided on surgery after an MRI clearly showed a tumor that was causing nerve compression. Surgery was 7 months ago and was quite successful. Every foot with TTS seems to be different. I was advised not to have surgery unless the underlying cause was determined. Good luck in your quest. Carol D.

Re: Carol

Terry D. on 1/06/04 at 22:02 (141529)

Hi Carol I had a tumor too and surgery 7.5 months ago. Is your foot still numb. How is the incision feeling. Can you walk bare foot comfortably?

Re: Terry

Carol D on 1/07/04 at 07:51 (141545)

Hi Terry. I have no numbness at this time. It took 6.5 months to get full feeling back in middle toe and ball of foot. My incision is comfortable. I rarely walk barefoot, but it feels OK. I do still have some mild tingling in ball and arch of foot and after a couple of days of heavier use, my foot does ache and feel tired. How does this compare to you? I accidentally deleted your email and realize I could have gotten your email address from there. Sorry. Carol D

Re: Terry

Terry D. on 1/07/04 at 19:31 (141595)

Hi Carol you are actually ahead of me. I stll have lots of numbness throughout the whole bottom of the foot. I have almost no tingling but the numbness is uncomfortable.
I'm praying it will go away. If I go hard on the foot I have similar results as you do.
But at least we are pain free.

Re: surgeons in Placer and Sacramento Counties?

Kathleen K. on 1/09/04 at 13:04 (141701)

Can You please provide me with a list of the very best surgeons in my area, Placer or Sacramento County, who perform Tarsal Tunnel surgery? I have been in chronic pain for the past seven years, tried everything and can't tolerate the pain any longer. HELP! HELP!

Re: surgeons in Placer and Sacramento Counties?

Terry D on 1/09/04 at 20:38 (141748)

Can you go to Dr. Dellon in Tucson....he did mine and the pain is gone.