3-4th Week Post Surgery

June 28- July 11th

This week my splint was removed and I was placed into a cast. Later that day my I realized my cast was way too tight and my pinky toe was aching so much. The next day, which was Saturday, I returned to get a new cast. At first this cast felt right but being in the position it was for too long I realized it was slanted at an angle and my ankle was aching. My doctor was out of office so a different doctor put me into a posterior cast.

Below are photos of my stitches. It looks great! my only concern was how short my big toe has become. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get to asking about that because I was fainting when they were removing the cast and my doctor seem to be in a hurry and was not understanding what I was asking :/ then my visit was over. I guess it was too much for me to take mentally? I will know if it’s too short when I walk again and I will see the functionality of it. I was not able to take a picture of my x rays either of the half fainting.

Pain is minor now being on week 4, which is great! I am always in bed and keep my foot elevated. When I use my crutches to go to the restroom it begins to get swollen within seconds so I make it fast.

I was instructed to use my hands to manually move my big toe back then forth to increase my mobility and “break any scar tissue”. It is going well. It does not seem stiff when I press up but more stiff when I move it up.

My toe is still numb in the places I have shown before. I hope I get all my feeling back, and I stay positive about that 🙂

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Second Week Post Lapidus

June 21st-28th

Pain

The pain was way more manageable this week, but if fluctuated throughout the day. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the worst), sometimes I would be at a 3 and other times I would be at a 7/8.

Feeling/Sensation

It feels like my first toe is slowly being pulled. It is not painful but there is a feeling of pressure.

Below in yellow is the feeling I got back. The blue is still numb.

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The First Week

Surgery Day

My surgery was on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. I went under the knife around 12/1 PM and it lasted 2 hours. I woke up with no pain because the anesthesia was still lingering. I was able to go home shortly after, it was an outpatient surgery. I was nauseous at night.

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The post surgery splint which I need to wear for the next 2-3 weeks.

Post Surgery

Post surgery I was couch ridden at my parents living room with my foot elevated EVERY SINGLE DAY. I used ice packs regularly. I was prescribed pain killers and something for inflammation.

Pain
I didn’t feel pain until the afternoon of the next day. The 2nd and 3rd day post surgery were the worst in regards to pain. The pain concentrated in the areas I highlighted in red below. I could not gauge whether the pain was coming from my bones or tendons but it was extremely painful. On a scale of 1-10 the pain was at a 10. At the end of the first week I started to feel pain at the head metatarsal/in that area.
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Feeling/Sensation
My first toe was numb until the 3rd day. On the 3rd day I regained feeling at the tip of my toe. Towards the end of the week I started to feel a lot of tingly sensations throughout my left foot.

Background to my Bunions

Hi! My name is Jasmine and I am sharing my experiences after the Lapidus Bunionectomy with Bone Graft on my left foot. I am an average person with foot problems and I hope that won’t be for long! I am not a doctor, so please do not interpret any of this as advice or recommendations, this is only an account of my experiences.

I have had bunions on both feet since I was in 5th grade. Then in 2008-2009 I got the Austin Bunectomy recommended by my Podiatrist for both feet. By 2017 I had a recurring bunion on my left foot and decided to undergo the Lapidus Bunionectomy with bone graft on my left foot recommended by my Podiatrist.

Below are pictures of my left foot before the Austin and Lapidus. Unfortunately, I do not have pictures right after the Austin.

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Left foot bunion before any surgery
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Left foot reccurring bunion before the Lapidus Bunionectomy with Bone Graft

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need more information about the lapidus bunionectomy I pulled the website below from google that explains it well:

http://bunionsurgeryny.com/procedures/lapidus-bunionectomy/