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Toe Fusion

I haven't been around for several weeks now.  But there was something I wanted to post.

I am going in for a toe fusion next month.   Never heard of a toe fusion before!  In fact, there is a surgery that inserts an artificial disc like item between the joints..   That is not the surgery for me, because the podiatrist says my condition is too far gone.   Just like in Shoulder/Hip/Knee xrays, you can see where there is nothing between the joints, just bone on bone.

I will be in a non-weight bearing condition for 6 to 8 weeks and then about 15 weeks of total recovery.   I've talked to my hip and back surgeon about this, and both of them said, that toe surgery can be the worse thing for people with spinal problems.   When not done correctly, it can be a life long situation that will just add to any chronic spinal problem or start new ones.  I have a good surgeon , recommended by several of my doctor friends.

I would have added this to Ron's History of surgeries,  that spanned 40 years and I've been updating it for the past 8 years.  Unfortunately , that was removed.  I just couldn't see trying to recreate that all over again.

I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer, its been HOT in the NorthEast,  don't know how our international members  weather is right now .    

My sincere hope that everyone is having the most pain free situation that you can be in.   Trust in the medical field, while at times it may be frustrating, but in the end, your best interest will be satisfied.

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  • Ron

    Good luck with your surgery, I know a man that had a toe fusion, his went really well and I hope your's does also

    Chip

  • I know of Toe Fusion just because my Mother and her side of the family have so many feet problems.  Several of my Aunts and Uncles had the surgery with no problems that I know of.  I will certainly be praying that it goes well for you.  Been thinking of you lately just wondering how things are going.  When is surgery for you?

    Cindy

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  • Hi Ron! I need to have that surgery and have been avoiding it for the reasons you mentioned. I can't even imagine being on crutches but I'm kind of out of options. I've been wrapping it (big toe) with mole skin for years to keep it splinted, not the best solution by any means. Anyway please keep us posted, I'll be curious to see how it goes, praying it goes well! 

    Joanne 

  • dilauroddilauro ConnecticutPosts: 271

    Right now, my surgery should be within the first two weeks of Sept. Honestly, I wish I could have it done tomorrow. I am constantly limping, which throws my osteoarthritis done knee off, which in turn throws my back out.

    So, fix the toe, then worry later about my knee.

    Joanne, today, the doctor ask me if I could us crutches, I told him no, I am a total basketcase when it comes to crutches, but I do have passing grades on Knee Walkers, Rollators, and Walkers.   I guess that just happens over the years with multiple surgeries.

    Cindy, its always good to hear positive results

  • LizLiz Posts: 2,041

    Ron

    Good Luck with the surgery.

    Please take it easy and rest.

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  • dilauroddilauro ConnecticutPosts: 271

    Liz,  thanks

    Just had my pre-surgical appointment.  I have my knee scooter and ready to go.  09/12 is the date...  It will be about 6 weeks before I can start to walk or put any weight on my foot.

    Should be fun

  • LizLiz Posts: 2,041

    Ron

    I remember you having to use that scooter before when you had surgery. I hope the surgery is successful.

    Sounds horrific to me, I had the start of an  ingrown toenail a few weeks back and I thought that was bad.

  • Ron

    I hope everything goes well and your recovery is easy

    Chip

  • dilauroddilauro ConnecticutPosts: 271

    Thanks Chip

    I think the hardest part will be using the knee scooter.  Ive used one before when I had the Achilles surgery, but this time my right knee is also shot along with the right toe.   So, I have to bend at the knee to use the scooter...

    This should prove to be interesting

  • Ron

    Bring that thing over to the house, I have a spare Briggs & Stratton we could mount on it.

    Chip

  • charryccharry Posts: 224
    edited 09/17/2019 - 4:02 AM

    If it was me I would use a donut cushion to put my knee in Ron for the scooter. I hope you heal well. Charry


    Edited by ~Liz Veritas-Health Forum Moderator 

  • Praying that surgery went well and recovery goes even better.  Please let us know how you are.

    Cindy

  • dilauroddilauro ConnecticutPosts: 271

    The surgery went well.  But the recovery process at home has been a bit difficult.  because I can not put my foot down or any type of weight bearing getting in/out Bed, Chairs, toilet .... I need the help of my wife for all of this.  If it wasnt for my wife, I would have had to go to a rehab center.  Right now I am wearing a heavy boot, which makes it difficult just to get my knee on the scooter.

    4  1/2 more weeks of this situation.

  • Stay strong Ron, you have been through a lot already, I am sure you know all the tricks.

    You are like me, without my wife, I would be in big trouble.

    Take care and keep us posted

    Chip

  • LizLiz Posts: 2,041

    Ron

    Thank you for the update.

    Sounds very difficult but I am glad you have help and support from your wife.

    After 4 1/2 weeks you might just get used to  that help (jk)

  • SpineyKD23SSpineyKD23 IllinoisPosts: 23

    Ron, 

    I just saw your original post. Holy cow, if there is a surgery then you’ve had it! The recovery sounds difficult and unpleasant. Then again I suppose most are. I had never heard of this procedure before. I’m sending positive vibes your way! I truly hope this surgery doesn’t complicate other back issues. It’s wonderful that you have a dedicated wife to help you. Hope to talk more soon. Hang in there!!

  • dilauroddilauro ConnecticutPosts: 271

    Updated news.   Based on the last set of xrays, the doctor told me that I no longer needed to knee scooter!  But I still hav to wear the foot boat for at least another 2 weeks.   Then based on a new set of xrays, he will determine if I can graduate from the foot boot to a "clown" shoe.

    Plus this week was my first shower by myself!.  Brought my walking in with me and just let the hot water run all over me for about 20 minutes.  Boy, did that feel good

  • Ron

    Glad to hear there is progress

    Chip

  • So glad things are getting better.  

    It’s such a blessing to have a spouse willing to do whatever is needed.  

    I always feel so fortunate when I am sick and hubby is right there to make sure I have what I need.

    Be sure to let your wife know how much she means to you.

    Be careful, take things slow and just look forward to being 100%.

    Keep us updated so that we know you are doing OK.

    Cindy






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