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    Fellow clyde warriors ... anyone ever have hammertoe surgery?

    Wondering what the recovery is like, and when I could expect to get back on my bike if I have it?

    Plotting my 2012 fitness/health/weight goals and I'd like to run again, but I have a painful hammertoe on my left foot that makes a lot of running difficult.

    Assuming I"ll need surgery on it, but haven't been to the doc yet.

    Anyone have any insight?

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    Oh my... I didn't but my wife did... a couple weeks with just one toe...

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    My wife had bunion surgery and also surgery for a broken ankle by this Dr
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    I have a friend who has/had problems with Hammer toe. A different surgeon did a surgery for crushed nerves in his thighs. He carries quite a bit of weight and has been a truck driver for 35 years. After the surgery the toes straightened out. You might ask about that while you are weighing options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ill.clyde View Post
    Wondering what the recovery is like, and when I could expect to get back on my bike if I have it?

    Plotting my 2012 fitness/health/weight goals and I'd like to run again, but I have a painful hammertoe on my left foot that makes a lot of running difficult.

    Assuming I"ll need surgery on it, but haven't been to the doc yet.

    Anyone have any insight?
    As with any major surgery let your surgeon be your guide.

    One thing you might do help yourself along is make sure that your surgeon fully understands how important cycling is to you.
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    A close relative of mine (a little too close, I sometimes think ) had a bunion removed by surgery. She was off work for about 10 days from that. It surprised me. I always thought of that kind of recovery time for major operations.
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    Funny how these things evolve ...

    So I went to a podiatrist, went well, told me the surgery would be quick, recovery would be about four weeks, etc ...

    He wanted me to get a physical before we scheduled the surgery.

    Reasonable enough.

    Had the physical last night ... my doc is "concerned" about my blood pressure (diastolic was 90 - which seems nit picky to me but whatever), then she takes the briefest of looks into my throat, says my airway back there is "narrow" and starts asking if I snore, if I feel tired, if I don't sleep well.

    I don't know if I snore, at times I've been told I do but only when sleeping on my back, do I feel tired? No, not really. Sleep well? Sure ... I wake up once in the night to pee, but that's it.

    Now she's insisting on a sleep study before surgery, because I may have "sleep apnea" and she's worried my breathing could be an issue when I'm out for surgery. Really?

    Is this really necessary or is she just greasing another person's palm???

    ARGH!

    So the study is scheduled for March 9.

    All of this, for a toe, SO I CAN RUN AND CONTINUE GETTING IN BETTER SHAPE! ARGH! LOL

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    Pardon my ignorance here:

    A) what causes "hammertoe"?
    B) is it just another word for bunion?

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    Technically, I have what is known as a mallet toe, not a hammer toe.

    it's a toe that is longer than others, and for whatever reasons (ill-fitting shoes, etc) it becomes bent, and eventually over time it remains bent.

    From the side, it looks like a mallet, without one side of the mallet head.

    they remove a couple of small pieces of bone, "release" the tendon on the under side of the toe, and it is straightened

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    The airway thing is no joke. I had to have an emergency appendectomy a few years ago. The anesthesiologist looked me over right before i went in. He knew my throat was going to be a problem... I do have apnea, snore, tired, etc... and on a cpap.

    When I went in for surgery, they had to put in an airway BEFORE they could put me under. The danger is my airway is too small to safely establish one if I'm unconscious. That was an experience I don't care to ever experience again! They used a needle to inject fluid through my neck, directly into my trachea. This made me cough, rather violently, which opened the airway so they could jab the tube down my throat. It literally took 4 people to hold my arms down while they did this!! BUT... the instant that tube was in, I was OUT! The next thing I remember is waking up in recovery with a VERY sore throat!

    Best of luck if you have to go through anything even similar to this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ill.clyde View Post
    Funny how these things evolve ...

    So I went to a podiatrist, went well, told me the surgery would be quick, recovery would be about four weeks, etc ...

    He wanted me to get a physical before we scheduled the surgery.

    Reasonable enough.

    Had the physical last night ... my doc is "concerned" about my blood pressure (diastolic was 90 - which seems nit picky to me but whatever), then she takes the briefest of looks into my throat, says my airway back there is "narrow" and starts asking if I snore, if I feel tired, if I don't sleep well.

    I don't know if I snore, at times I've been told I do but only when sleeping on my back, do I feel tired? No, not really. Sleep well? Sure ... I wake up once in the night to pee, but that's it.

    Now she's insisting on a sleep study before surgery, because I may have "sleep apnea" and she's worried my breathing could be an issue when I'm out for surgery. Really?

    Is this really necessary or is she just greasing another person's palm???

    ARGH!

    So the study is scheduled for March 9.

    All of this, for a toe, SO I CAN RUN AND CONTINUE GETTING IN BETTER SHAPE! ARGH! LOL
    I would ask your doctor how a sleep study is going to change the way the surgery is performed with or without sleep apnea. I have had a number of surgeries and the anesthesiologist has never asked me if I had sleep apnea that I recall. I did have a sleep study because it was thought that it might be triggering my AFIB but not because I was going to have surgery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imacflyr3 View Post
    The airway thing is no joke. I had to have an emergency appendectomy a few years ago. The anesthesiologist looked me over right before i went in. He knew my throat was going to be a problem... I do have apnea, snore, tired, etc... and on a cpap.

    When I went in for surgery, they had to put in an airway BEFORE they could put me under. The danger is my airway is too small to safely establish one if I'm unconscious. That was an experience I don't care to ever experience again! They used a needle to inject fluid through my neck, directly into my trachea. This made me cough, rather violently, which opened the airway so they could jab the tube down my throat. It literally took 4 people to hold my arms down while they did this!! BUT... the instant that tube was in, I was OUT! The next thing I remember is waking up in recovery with a VERY sore throat!

    Best of luck if you have to go through anything even similar to this!
    Oh god, is that what they call the awake intubation? My wife (very heavy) had to have one about 9 years ago and it was horrible! I was going to have surgery to have my eyes fixed cosmetically and they could not safely put me down so they were going to awake intubate me. I did not want that so I never went though with the surgery.

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