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#1 of 37 Johnny Angell

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Posted August 01 2007 - 09:07 AM

No I'm not inviting you to have this procedure, but it looks like I will. Just saw a specialist and he told me I've got extreme bunions. I'm not in pain now, but if I wait, eventually I will be in pain and the longer I wait, the chances increase that I'll receive less benefit from the surgery.

I've got bunions on both feet, both extreme. The doctor only wants to do one at a time. To my surprise, he says I can be one my feet, carefully and wearing a special shoe, the following day. I shouldn't need crutches either. He wants me to keep my feet up as much as possible.

My bunions are so big, I have to have my ski boots bulged out to make room for those big boys.

Pain treatment will include a nerve block injection after the surgery and a prescription pain reliever for a few days after that. I think he mentioned he likes to prescribe percoset.

After a couple of months, if all went well, I'll have the other one done. Has anyone here got any experience with this surgery? What was it like for you?
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Posted August 01 2007 - 10:16 AM

One of my colleagues had the surgery done last year before Thanksgiving. They did do both of her feet at the same time. She's actually back running duathalons this summer. Impressive.

#3 of 37 Johnny Angell

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Posted August 01 2007 - 10:29 AM

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One of my colleagues had the surgery done last year before Thanksgiving. They did do both of her feet at the same time. She's actually back running duathalons this summer. Impressive.
Was this specifically bunion surgery? Do you recall how quickly she was on her feet, like the next day? How old was she? I'm 62, that may be a reason he only wants to do one at a time.
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Posted August 01 2007 - 10:40 AM

Yes, it was bunion surgery on both feet. I was shocked when she told me she was having it done...she's only 29. But she's a marathon runner and the feet were causing her more and more pain each month. She was out of work six weeks and the recovery was not without complications. Once of the pins slipped a few weeks after surgery and they had to go back and adjust it.

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Posted August 01 2007 - 12:40 PM

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Posted August 01 2007 - 02:12 PM

I had bunion surgery on both feet right after my junior year in highschool. My feet were so messed up. I was in a wheel chair for about a week after surgery and then my foot doctor had me walking with these special ugly shoes. The pins I had in my feet (another part of surgery where I had bones removed) were taken out a month later.

My feet don't hurt the way they use to and I don't have trouble walking. I can actually wear normal shoes now.
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#7 of 37 Johnny Angell

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Posted August 02 2007 - 01:18 AM

Well, it sounds like this could be more complicated than I think. I think I need it done though. He did say there will be a metal plate or pin inserted, but I think he said it was permanent.

Perhaps he's only willing to do one foot because of the advanced state of my bunions.
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Posted August 02 2007 - 04:58 AM

Originally I was to have the surgery during the school year and they were going to do one foot at a time, but I requested that they just do it after I got out of school and do both feet together.

You can ask to have both feet done at the same time. It's much better to do it that way I think.

I also remember weeks before the surgery , the doctor giving me cortisone shots. Those hurt like a Mother F&%*er
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#9 of 37 Bob Graz

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Posted August 02 2007 - 06:27 AM

My experience with friends who have had bunion surgery is that the Dr. doing the procedure is everything. Some friends have done well, some horror stories. I'd want to know what his or her track record was before having it done.

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Posted August 02 2007 - 06:34 AM

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My experience with friends who have had bunion surgery is that the Dr. doing the procedure is everything. Some friends have done well, some horror stories. I'd want to know what his or her track record was before having it done.
My general practitioner referred me to Dr. Kulik. He said if he were having this done, this is the surgeon he'd want. Other than that, I'm not sure how to check up on a doctor.
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Posted August 02 2007 - 06:49 AM

I found this:
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Steven A. Kulik, Jr., M.D. completed a fellowship in orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery at the University of Texas in Houston, Texas where he trained with two of the most respected foot and ankle surgeons in the United States. He was subsequently chief of the foot and ankle section of the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. Dr. Kulik and his team provide an advanced level of care for patients requiring foot and ankle care. He is an active member of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.
which was located here: http://www.arortho.c...p?EmployeeID=62
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Posted August 02 2007 - 08:49 AM

I'd say a recommendation from a GP that you trust is pretty good. Bunions seem to be pretty common. Just so happens several people in my neighborhood had bunion surgery in last year or so, so there was lots of word of mouth recommendations (and bandaged feet). Your Orthopedic guy seems to have pretty good credentials.

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Posted August 02 2007 - 01:11 PM

I'll post how I'm doing, that is, once I sober up from the pain meds.
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Posted August 02 2007 - 01:27 PM

I'd like to avoid this surgery, so....what is it, the skiing or the marathon running?
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Posted August 03 2007 - 02:23 PM

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I'd like to avoid this surgery, so....what is it, the skiing or the marathon running?
I ski but I'm not a marathoner. I think it may be genetic. My mother had real doosies on both feet.
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Posted August 06 2007 - 03:28 PM

Tuesday's almost here, time for the surgery. Probably won't be online tomorrow. Yikes, this is the most significant surgery I've ever had.
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Posted August 08 2007 - 06:35 AM

The surgery has occurred. It was a couple hours behind schedule, but it went well. I was given a nerve block which basically puts your leg to the deepest sleep I've ever known for about 12-16 hours, for post-op pain. I was under general anesthesia for the surgery.

The nerve block should have worn off by now, but hasn't. I've checked with the doctor's office and there is a variation in how long it lasts, up to 36 hours. This is ok with me, since while it lasts, there is no pain at all.

It does mean that I've got this dead piece of meat hanging from my left knee and have to use crutches. Once the block wears off I can walk on the foot (carefully) and I'm wearing this shoe that I guarantee you will never see on a fashion runway.

The doctor wrote a pain prescription for percocet and I've been told to take it before the block wears off. Actually it doesn't wear off, the nerve block tends to just stop, without much warning, so don't let that happen without having the pain meds in place. It's kind of weird to take pain meds when you're not feeling pain.

I've now got a permanent steel plate and screws in my foot. The doc says it won't set off airport sensors.

My wristwatch is telling me it's time to take my meds. TTFN.
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Posted August 08 2007 - 06:50 AM

I wish you a speedy recovery sir and I hope your feet are happy once they heal!
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#19 of 37 Henry Gale

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Posted August 08 2007 - 10:29 AM

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I've now got a permanent steel plate and screws in my foot. The doc says it won't set off airport sensors.


Why am I skeptical about that? I see a wand waving around your foot before some future airplane ride.

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Posted August 08 2007 - 01:03 PM

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