Wednesday, December 28, 2011

foot surgery update

Hello all..
About the surgery I had this morning..
had to be at hospital at 6am..
no makeup,comfy sweats..
met with all members of the surgical team..
outstanding, one and all..highly efficient!
*, cold in surgery room, but had warm blankies covering most of me..
*anesthiologist and i chattered.
I was under the effect of MJ's felt nice and relaxing..
*Propofol: a prescription sedative-hypnotic drug (brand name Diprivan) that is administered intravenously. Propofol is commonly used in the induction of general anesthesia and can be used both for the induction and maintenance of general anesthesia. When administration of the drug is discontinued, it wears off rapidly, allowing the patient to awaken within a short time. Like other anesthetic agents, side effects of propofol can include respiratory depression. Propofol should only be administered in controlled settings in which ventilation support and monitoring of cardiovascular function are available.
foot was drugged with Novacaine/lidocaine..didn't feel anything!
actual surgery.. just a bit over 30 minutes!
wheeled out in wheelchair at 9:30
back home by 11..
stopped by Burger King for sausage biscuits..
was famished..had not eaten since 7:30 pm the previous nite!..
*incision and removal of Morton Neuroma..
Morton's neuroma
this was the SECOND such surgery in 2 years..
the first was through the top of my foot..
this one through the BOTTOM of my foot
(i am under the effects of heavy duty meds so please excuse any goofy typos..)
Prognosis: 80% chance of no recurrence or problems..
(how I pray i am in this group!!)
Experts are not sure what exactly causes Morton's neuroma. It seems to develop as a result of irritation, pressure or injury to one of the digital nerves that lead to the toes, which triggers a body response, resulting in thickened nerve tissue (neuroma).
  • Feet conditions/situations that can cause the bones to rub against a nerve include:
    High-heeled shoes - especially those over 2 inches (5cm), or a pointed or tight toe box which squash the toes together...(spent a good deal of my adult life in HIGH HEELS! Mine developed when working on MARBLE floors for 8 hours at a stretch!!)  This is probably why the condition is much more common in females than in males.
  • High-arched foot - people whose feet have high arches are much more likely to suffer from Morton's neuroma than others. (that's me to a T!)
  • Flat feet - the arch of the foot collapses. The entire sole of the foot comes into complete or near-complete contact with the ground.
  • A bunion - a localized painful swelling at the base of the big toe, which enlarges the joint.
  • Hammer toe - a deformity of the proximal interphalangeal joint of the second, third, or fourth toe causing it to be permanently bent.
  • Some high-impact sporting activities - including running, karate, and court sports. Any sport that places undue pressure on the feet
    • Surgery - if other therapies have not worked it may be necessary to perform surgery. As surgery may result in permanent numbness in the affected toe, doctors ten to use this procedure as a last resort. However, in most cases surgery is extremely effective.
      The patient usually receives a local anesthetic.
      Surgery involves either removing the nerve, or removing the pressure on the nerve. Two surgical approaches are possible: 
    • The dorsal approach - the surgeon makes an incision on the top of the foot, allowing the patient to walk soon after surgery, because the stitches are not on the weight-bearing side of the foot.
    • The plantar approach - the surgeon makes an incision on the sole of the foot. In most cases the patient will be in crutches for about three weeks. The resulting scar may make walking uncomfortable. However, with this approach the neuroma can be reached easily and resected without cutting any structures.
      There is a small risk of infection around the toes after surgery.
    • Okay..have had both now..ready for relief..forget the crutches,,i'm staying in,using a much more stable WALKER! and above all.. FOLLOWING DOCTORS ORDERS!
    • time for pain meds and ice behind my in a stablizing  boot which comes early to my knee!
    • hugs to all!!


  1. I hope that fixes it and all gets back to normal for you soon..
    Happy New Year

  2. I hope you are feeling better soon!


  3. Yikes! I hope you are feeling better soon! hugs, Linda

  4. Thanks for all the info!!! So sorry you have to go through all this!!! I think you would get better faster if you could bury your feet in some warm Florida white sand;-)

  5. Interesting info, and glad your surgery went so well. Keep on healing.

  6. Prayers that you are back up and about in no time. Get some rest!

  7. Hope your foot heals quickly, and you are up and running around soon. For now, take it easy and rest.

  8. Glad to hear the surgery went well! I hope the recovery goes by quickly! hugs!

  9. Oh shoot, NO tap dancing on tabletops on New Year's Eve! What a bummer!

    However dear, I can see you will soon be up and around again after following the doctors' orders and staying off that foot and recuperating by the book. Not worth trying to be a hero if it's going to mess it up again. Know you'll enjoy the rest, being waited on, and lots of computer time with friends.

    Get well soon, and may 2012 be a healthy and very happy year.
    Thanks for stopping by so early this morning!

    Hugs - Mary

  10. Thinking of you. Sending healing hugs my friend.


  11. Speedy recovery! Stay off your feet & heal well!

  12. Hoping all is well and that you heal quickly! Will you need PT after? I'm still in PT for my shoulder which was operated on in November but little improvements each day. Wishing you the same!

  13. Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! I hope you're feeling great soon and back to doing what you love!


welcome to my world of salty sunkissed breezes..
where time is not measured..
linger leisurely..
sift sugary white sand between your toes..
Make and take those wonderful memories..
leaving behind..only your footprints...