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Post Surgery Loss of Feeling / Movement in Foot

Posted by Ned on 7/26/05 at 23:46 (179208)

I had surgery to remove what was thought to be a giant cell tumor from the inside of my left ankle, just behind the ankle bone. Rationale for surgery was that when this area was touched, it rendered immmediate & severe nerve pain into the foot. For two days following surgery, my foot was so swollen that it was hard (even with elevation & icing)with feeling only on the top center of the foot. It has now been 14 days since surgery & I still have no feeling in the bottom of my entire foot. I can feel my 4th & 5th toes, but cannot move them. I can move my 1st, 2nd & 3rd toes, but cannot feel them. The only real sensation I have in the foot is periodic shooting nerve pain, either in the heel, arch, and/or across the toes I have no feeling in. Pathology on the removed cyst/tumor revealed that it was a Schwannoma - a benign tumor developed from cells which the myelin nerve sheath is made of. IS THIS OUTCOME ABNORMAL and HAS ANYONE EVER ENCOUNTERED A SCHWANNOMA IN THE ANKLE?

Looking forward to responses. Thanks for your consideration.

Re: Post Surgery Loss of Feeling / Movement in Foot

Dr. Z on 7/27/05 at 00:21 (179212)

Your surgeon will be able to tell if if there was any nerve that was removed. Maybe the sural nerve, however it appears that the swelling is causing all of this stuff and should improve with time.. Compression, rest, elevation are all very important at this stage. I am sure your surgeon will go into any detail about nerve sensation lost. Give this time. You just had foot surgery which causes swelling and pressure on nerves. Good luck.

Re: Post Surgery Loss of Feeling / Movement in Foot

Eileen on 12/14/05 at 09:11 (189618)

I also have a tumor on the inside of my left ankle. It sounds like what you were experiencing. 3 years ago I had a large schwannoma tumor removed from the psoas muscle in my lower back. The only complication from that surgery is loss of feeling in my right thigh. An orthopedic surgeon has recommended removal of the tumor in my ankle, however I have been hesitant to do so because of the fear of complications. Are you still experiencing the lost of feeling/movement, etc.?

Re: Post Surgery Loss of Feeling / Movement in Foot

Ned on 4/24/06 at 17:21 (197975)

Well, it's been better than 8 months since the schwannoma was removed & guess what?....still no feeling & all toes curling. Intermittent dysthesia in the foot w/ arthritis now setting in. DON'T GET THE SURGERY & FIND YOURSELF SOME ORTHOPAEDIC SPECIALISTS BEFORE YOU GO ANY FURTHER. THIS IS NOTHING TO BE TOYED WITH. I AM PERMANENTLY HOBBLED FROM MY SURGERY.