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pf hs & tt surgery all at once

Posted by Delrea on 3/25/05 at 19:50 (171971)

Hi all
I a new here and am sceduled to have surgery on April 18th He is going to do all three surgerys at once .This all started with a batched heel spur surgery in 01 And then another three months after that one to try to repair some of the damage.I am nervous but also looking forward to I hope some pain relif.This is a different DR. A specialist.So any advice well be helpful.Is there a group or chat room that any of you know?

Thanks
Delrea

Re: pf hs & tt surgery all at once

SteveG on 3/25/05 at 20:24 (171974)

This is a 'group or chat room'. Ask any questions you have.

Re: pf hs & tt surgery all at once

Delrea on 3/25/05 at 20:39 (171975)

Hi Steve
I am just looking for advice on healing and how fast recovery should take. I have lived in pain for the past five years.And am so tired of the pain All three surgerys at once is a lot.But if it works it will be worth it.I live on pain meds and muscle relaxers.Looking forward to a near normal life
Delrea

Re: pf hs & tt surgery all at once

BrianG on 3/26/05 at 15:08 (171991)

Hi Delrea,

Just wondering, are you only looking for the positive aspects of all this surgery (yes, it's a lot!) Have you thought about how you will deal with increased pain, and burning, if this surgery goes bad? It happens, quite a bit. Please read up on RSD (Reflex Sympethetic Dystrophy) before agreeing to this surgery. Once you are cut, there is no turning back!!!

Good luck,
BrianG

PS: After more than 12 years of chronic PF pain, I am more than tired myself. I'm sure we both have scar tissue from previous failed surgeries, this will make the surgery even more difficult. I am taking daily pain meds, until a safer method of curing my PF becomes available. Are you taking a sufficient amount of long acting pain meds?

Re: pf hs & tt surgery all at once

Delrea K on 3/26/05 at 17:25 (171997)

Hi Brian
I know all about rsd I have been told by three Drs that is what I have after the first surgery was messed up so bad.Now Two more say no It is compressed nerves heel spur returned tarsal tunnel and the pf again. That it is just worse this time because of so much scar tissue.I take 10 hydrocodone a day 6 baclafen a muscle relaxer.And sleeping meds just so I can try to sleep through the pain. and anti -depressants.I have had 4 blocks on the back and even an ablation where they burned nerves in six places.
At this point I dont think there is much more that can go wrong.Short of amputating the evil thing.I have a two year old that I adopted that my daughter decided she wasnt ready to raise. I have had him since birth .And he is at the point where I am having a hard time keeping up because of the pain .I cant even shop and when you take my ability to raise children AND shop.It is time to fight back. I am 45 to young to lay down and give up .Belive me I have done all the exercises and streches,everything I have been told to do.
Im not just looking for the positive im looking for understanding people that know how difficult all of this can be. And maybe some support while I go through the worst of it. An when we come out on the other side maybe some I can call friends.
This Dr did not give me any false hopes he said only a 75 to 80% chance of it working but to me that sounds like a miracle.
And he did say it would take six to eight months to heal.maybe even longer.
At least he is willing to help most just look at me and say I wont touch you!!.And others act like im after there silly pain meds . Like a person couldnt find better on the streets if that is all a person wanted.
Sorry to have gone on so but this is something very real and very painful. And I hope I can find friends here.
Delrea K

Re: pf hs & tt surgery all at once

BrianG on 3/27/05 at 11:20 (172020)

Hi Delrea,

Have you talked with your doctor about switching to long acting pain meds, such as MS Contin? It is possible to function, and still have some of your life also on these meds. It sounds like your doc is trying to help you, but I do think you would be more comfertable with long acting pain meds. Why not talk with him, to see if he agrees with me. It will eliminate any of the up and down, roller coaster of pain you have. If you send me an e-mail, I can give you some additional info, that I don't want to get into on this forum. I'm only thinking about you, in the long term, and I still believe you would be a good candidate for RSD, with all your planned surgeries, no matter how much you trust your doctor. I'm at (email removed) if you want to talk a little more.

Regards,
BrianG

PS: I'm sure that you can meet many good people here, but not a lot who will advocate the amount of surgery you are looking at. You might also want to post at the Social Board, which I have not looked at, to see if you have yet.

Re: pf hs & tt surgery all at once

Dr. Z on 3/27/05 at 11:56 (172022)

Brian G
I a agree that too much surgery and too often surgery can cause RSD . Not sure of the percentage but it is a very real reality.

Re: pf hs & tt surgery all at once

Delrea K on 3/27/05 at 16:40 (172031)

Dr Z
I am new here so are you a foot Dr. ? I know all about RSD Some of the DRs say that is what is wrong with me now.I have only had two surgerys And that was four years ago in Nov and the feb after.And I have lived in complete and total pain every since.And before that the pain was unbearable for a year so I am no stranger to pain.
DelreaK

Re: pf hs & tt surgery all at once

Dr. Z on 3/27/05 at 20:02 (172036)

Hi
Yes I am a podiatrist. If it has been determined that you do have RSD and you do need additional foot surgery there can be specific pre-cautions taken to help reduce the change of a major RSD flare up

Re: pf hs & tt surgery all at once

Delrea K on 3/27/05 at 21:36 (172039)

Dr Z
Please Tell me what I need to know before The surgery .I cant imagine it being any worse.The only thing now is when my meds wear off I dont mean this literally but at times when my foot feels like it has imploded I wish I could saw it off.Now please dont think I am a nut case .Just someone in pain.
Can I ask you a question please?
Is it normal procedure for a podiatrist to do hs & pf surgery in his office with out anasteiesia (excuse the spelling (close enough).
Only a shot in the ankle to numb the foot.This is what happened to me the first time. I ended up at home with a triple lumen catheter iv in my chest.With vacamiacin for 30 days. Before my sister scooped me up. Hauled me to Dallas to an orthapedic surgeon on a Thursday .I was in surgery Friday morning..Needless to say my quality of life has been pretty much shot.And no I dont know if I had staph because the surgen in Dallas said that the Podiatrist covered every thing with the iv meds.
Hope you can answer that for me Dont worry it is to late to sue so it wont hurt or help him.
Just help me understand what happened to me.
Anything will help
Thank You
Delrea
you may e-mail me privately if you wish I DONT KNOW HOW TO HYPERLINK
(email removed)
I have more questions about meds if that is ok
Thank You
Delrea

Re: pf hs & tt surgery all at once

Dr. Z on 3/27/05 at 21:43 (172040)

Hi
There are podiatrists that have in-office certified operating room. Typical from my experience this procedure is done in the office.
Whether this is done in the office or in the hospital it can be a very painful and long recovery time with some patients having a foot worse off. Did the podiatrist make you worse off I have no idea. It sounds like you had an infection. Did you? Why was another surgery done so fast and what was done.? Very hard to answer all of these questions.

Re: pf hs & tt surgery all at once

Ralph on 3/28/05 at 12:40 (172058)

Delrea,
I'm not a doctor, but I think everyone here would agree that ending up with
catheter in your chest following foot surgery is probably pretty rare.

For your own sake I hope that you document everything that has happend to you and have copies of all your medical records relating to the procedures you've had done already.

I wish you the best with what ever treatment you try and hope that you find pain relief.

Re: pf hs & tt surgery all at once

Delrea K on 3/28/05 at 18:19 (172074)

Hi Ralph
Yes I did keep all the records MRI'S bone scans But there is nothing I can do.We did try to do something about him but the problem was proving causaution Never even knew there was such a word.I dont even have the luxury of knowing if there was an infection because of the iv meds. The Drs in Dallas said Being on that strong of a Med for so long would mask any thing.
This evil Dr.At first tried to make me belive that I had cancer in my foot instead of telling me that he had somehow injured my foot.
Ask Dr Z are the normal tools for this surgery a hammer and chisel? Maybe they are. I do not know.I was awake so I saw what he used.
What I went through was a nightmare.
I soon found out that I was not the only person that he has maimed
I had to have the second surgery to try to repair some of the damage done by him.
Dr.Z asked what was done all I know is that he reopened the foot and he drilled into the heel bone and had tried to smooth some of the damage to the bone.that was in Feb of 02.
I have been out of my mind in pain every since.
So that is why I am so anxious to try this surgery at this point in my life I will do anything to stop the pain
Delrea K

Re: pf hs & tt surgery all at once

Darlene on 3/28/05 at 18:54 (172078)

I would suggest that you request a copy of the Operative Report from both surgeries. That way you will know exactly what was done. By law, the docs have to provide it to you.

Re: pf hs & tt surgery all at once

Delrea K on 3/28/05 at 19:13 (172083)

ok Darlene
Thanks I will tryit I think Thayt I have one from the butcher but my lawyer has it
Delrea K