Living Well

Surgery and 1 Week Post-Op

So a week ago today (Friday, February 4, 2010) was the surgery.  I have to admit, I was sorta nervous about it…mainly because this was a first for me…having surgery that is.

Going into the surgery, the plan was for me to be under general anesthesia while Dr. Shadbolt performed an Austin Bunionectomy, and in the process figured out if there was something else causing additional pain (hypothesis was cartilage damage).

Here’s a surgical animation showing what would be done to my left foot:

Details of the Big Day: I arrived  at the hospital bright and early at 8:30, checked in, and was called back to pre-op around 9:00.  The nurses were really great, made me feel completely comfortable and at ease with all that was going to happen.  The anesthesiologist arrived just in time to distract me while the nurse was putting in the IV needle (I’m not a fan of needles) and to give me the run down of things on his end.  Not to long after that the nurses that would be in the operating came over to introduce themselves, and then  Dr. Shadbolt came over to run things over with me as well.  Went into surgery promptly at 10:30 as scheduled.  I remember going into the operating room, getting onto the operating table, everyone greeting me, being strapped down, and then I was out.  Woke up in the recovery area around 11:30 or 12:00, not quite sure…because everything was a little fuzzy.  Suprisingly enough, I was home from the hospital and situated in the living room by 1:45!

Results of the surgery: As soon as Dr. Shadbolt began surgery, he found the problem…a torn ligament.  He snipped it out and sewed some of the surrounding  tissue together to take the place of the ligament and support the bones.  After that he completed the bunionectomy, and it all went well.  He told Zach that it looked like a hereditary bunion, not due to my shoes, and hopefully I wtouldn’t need surgery on my right foot anytime soon.  *Here’s hoping & praying that that’s the case!*

First Follow-Up Appointment: This past Wednesday (Feburary 9th) was an appointment to change the dressing and make sure there was no infection.  Had an x-ray of the foot taken, and everything looked good…could barely see where Dr. Shadbolt had even cut the bone!  Wahoo!  When it came time to change the dressing, everything looked good…no extra bleeding and no infection!  At the end of the appointment I was told that I no longer had to use the crutches and that I could just walk with the surgical shoe (that things is weird!),  and shower with the shower safe!  They warned me to take it easy, because every time you walk on it it’s going to swell…so really to only walk if I had to.

The Past Few Days: Over the course of the week I’ve been able to cut back on the pain meds…stopped taking the hydrocone Monday night, switched to aleve Tuesday, and not always feeling like I need it.  This is not to say that I haven’t been taking the aleve, because I have.  There are times that it does hurt, and I do need to take it.  It’s been really awesome to be able to shower…albeit slow and challenging to not put weight on the front of my foot.  It’s been nice to not have to use the crutches…but I move much slower without them.

A couple steps back: The past couple of nights have been rough….huge spikes in pain in the middle of the night.  Last night was by far the worst.  I woke up at 1 am, with pain shooting through my foot.  By 2 am Zach was kind enough to go get the hydrocodone and some water for me to take a stronger pain med, since the aleve wasn’t cutting it.  After awhile, the meds kicked in and I was able to get a good night of sleep.  Talked with Dr. Shadbolt today, and found out that the pain at night was normal.  It’s especially common if you’ve been on it a lot, which I haven’t.  So, the recommendation…take the hydrocodone before bed to help me sleep pain free, and use the crutches again.  *sigh*  I’ll do what I have to, if this keeps things from hurting.

Second follow-up appointment this coming Wednesday…and hopefully things will only continue to get better!

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