Hi, I just went to see my ortho surgeon recently and the test results for the NCS is negative - yay! no nerve damage in my leg.
But he tells me that I need surgery and since the orthotics didn't help me. I asked if there are any other ways and he said 'no'... perhaps 'pop' painkillers forever. I don't like taking meds and depend too much on pain meds, so that's out for me. I have no one to turn to and share this with and I am just feeling so 'blank'!
He explained the procedure, risk and outcome to me and I just feel so confused at what I should do next. Below are the 4 different procedures that he will do at the same time:
1) Plantar fascia release
He says it will be cut off - from what I understand is, it will be totally cut off and since he says I have lax joints, I asked him if this procedure will affect my healing or anything. He says that usually it(PF) is not needed and I will do fine without it. Because my arch will be lowered, the plantar fascia will be tight so he has to release it...
2) Dorsal displacement calcaneal osteotomy
3) Dorsiflexion osteotomy of 1st tarsal-metatarsal
4) Excision of joint bunion
-I will need metal plates and screws.
He will operate on my right foot first and if I like the result then I go onto left foot. It will be a pretty major op and I will be under GA and est stay of 5 days in hospital.
There will be 4 incisions and each about 4-5cm. I'll be in a orthopedic 'ski-boot' for around 6 weeks.
Risks/complications are... bone might not heal/grown back and I might need surgery again to take bone from my hip and put onto my bone, infection, GA risk, incisions not healing well, implants might be visible and painful and might need surgery to remove them. Is there any data that the bone of someone with hypermobiloty heals badly? I know I scar badly so since I will have 4 incisions, I can't help thinking that my foot will look like a war zone! My skin is thin and translucent, very little flesh too...
Surgery will not be 100% successful as it's a complicated surgery and one never knows the real outcome until after that. He told me that it will be around 80-90%. He also said that even though if I don't get full relief of pain, I will defenitely feel better than now.
I am so confused now and keep thinking if I really need this surgery. It's not like I'm in a wheelchair and can't walk but I defenitely have pain every single day. I can't imagine living for the rest of my life with foot pain and I already have other joint pain here and there to cope with. I feel so...
I'm going to come out with another list of questions to ask him and any help/suggestions from yall will be greatly appreciated!