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I will be getting my surgery next tuesday and am looking forward to no pain, but am a bit concerned with the cost of a boot i am 21 and have been in pain for about 9 years now. wish me the best I really <3ed my doctor though which is the most important thing
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Old 17th August 2010, 08:29 PM
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By the way, as you were "knocked out," how do you know that it was "pretty painful?"

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You've got quite a set of bed manners, there don't ya Mr. Sarcastic?

You do realize that you are speaking to people who have absolutely no knowledge of what they are asking questions about, right? Why offer your advice with a side of vitriol?
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Why be such a wanker Seth? The guy said that he's glad he was put out because the surgery was painful so how did he know genius and wheres the sarcasm and vitriol?
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Old 20th August 2010, 04:22 PM
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"Why be such a wanker"

I don't think what I said was "wanker-like" at all...If you've read other posts of his earlier in other threads he (not always, but often) is quite sarcastic unnecessarily. I don't see why a Doctor would have to be so rude to people who are looking for help and/or giving their story that could possibly help someone else.

I don't really understand what you are calling me a wanker for, or if you even know who it is that I was speaking to in my post.
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Why be such a wanker Seth? The guy said that he's glad he was put out because the surgery was painful so how did he know genius and wheres the sarcasm and vitriol?
Obviously you think that the part that I quoted was something that i actually said...and it is not. The only thing that I said is in reference to what FOOT DOC said, which is quoted in my post.
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Old 27th September 2010, 12:23 AM
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My daughter, who is extrememly athletic, is getting an MRI for this issue next week. We will be getting second and third opinions before anyone cuts into her foot, but I would like to come up with a list of questions to ask.

1. It seems that everyone's recovery time will be different based on the involvement of the tendons on the bone that will be removed (at least that is my guess from what I have read). I am hoping that the MRI will give us a better estimation of time before weight and then time before actually playing.

2. How do you determine the best doctor to do this? She has seen an orthopedic and is now seeing a podiatrist. What questions can I ask or where can I get information that will help me with this decision.

3. For those of you that have had the surgery...what did you wish you had known. Were there any surprises?

4. For the doc...what info would you recommend a mother ask?

I am sure this is a surgery that is done every day but this is my daughter and I have been reading some really scarry stuff. I also believe that we have tried all of the alternatives (orthodics, supportive shoes, exercises and now ankle braces). Anybody have something else that I can look in to?
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One more thing...
How many of you wish that you had not had the surgery? If you do wish that you had not had it, what would you have done instead?
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Old 27th September 2010, 01:41 AM
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- Research the credential of the doctor and ascertain that he/she is board certified
- Some States have public databases where one can check about sanctions brought against doctor and their history of malpractice actions
- It is more likely that doctors who have privileges at prestigious hospitals are better qualified
- Have the doctor explain the procedure, its success/failure rate in his/her hands, the common side effects and potential complication . . all in clear terms which you can understand.
- Ask the doctor how many such procedures he/she has performed, how often and what the results were.
- Ask the doctor what in his/her experience, the healing time has been and what the aftercare period typically entails.
- Don't be swayed only by personality. It is not a substitute for surgical skill.
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I've just found out that I have an accessory navicular, and it's been causing a lot of pain when I walk for the past six months or so. I'm in a boot right now and for the next four weeks, and my doc told me that surgery may be an option if it doesn't work. I'm just wondering if it would be a good idea to opt for the surgery before spending a lot of time and money trying various other methods of relieving the pain. I have three young children at home and an extremely tight budget, and I'm worried that I'll try the boot and physical therapy and still have to have the surgery after spending all that time and money.

Does anyone know roughly what % of people with this end up needing the surgery, and how many recover well without?
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Old 29th September 2010, 01:20 AM
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Does anyone know roughly what % of people with this end up needing the surgery, and how many recover well without?
It is a case by case thing and depends on the particulars and the severity of the problem.
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Old 13th October 2010, 09:18 PM
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I hate to sound like a broken record, but I too was just diagnosed with Accesory Navicular Syndrome.

Instead of trying out different non-surgical options, my doctor recommended that surgery was the only way to rid myself of the pain once and for all.

To share my current experience with the others: I have set up an appointment with our local Orthopedic surgeon, and I've also scheduled a second opinion with an Orthopedic surgeon in a larger metropolitian area.

Foot doc: Thanks for listing the questions to ask. I know it sounds funny, but asking your doctor their experience in performing the surgery is a valid question. My husband had a unique hip surgery 5 years ago and I'll never forget going through my list of questions and appologizing to the doctor when I asked how many times he had performed this sensitive surgery. I about fell off my chair when his response was "never". (This also happens to the doctor that was recommended to me, which is why I'd like to schedule a second opinion).

I appreciate everyone's comments about post-op expectations. Fortunately, I have a desk job, so I should be able to return to work with relative ease, but knowing that this is a real challenge means I'll be able to explore this issue with my dr. prior to surgery.

Thanks again, everyone, for your insight and experience. Good luck to you all. Brandy
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i had the surgery 4 months ago but im in the army and just got moved to alaska so i am now still in pain had xrays done on my foot again and now i have bone spurs i dont know what to do becouse it may be a month or two before i will be able to see a doc
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Look . . I've gone over something exactly like this time and again. Any patient who is having concerns, especially so soon after surgery needs to report them directly to and have answers by his/her own doctor who MUST be the one to determine whether the character and degree of post-operative pain is something that normally goes with the procedure in his/her experience or whether it might be an important and even a critical sign that something is very amiss and needs to be corrected immediately, as what can be fixed today may not be fixable tomorrow. Pain is our body's early warning system, and to ignore it (and especially "unbearable" pain) just because someone who may or may not have had a similar procedure says the he/she had post-operative pain too, is like disregarding a warning light on your automobiles instrument cluster just because you heard that someone else got the same warning and nothing major was wrong. Now, I understand from your use the word "whilst" that you are likely under the National Health Services of either Canada or the U.K. and that your access to your doctor might be limited far beyond anything that would be considered appropriate in the U.S., but you REALLY need your concerns addressed by a doctor who knows you and your case. Of course, a detailed discussion of what to expect after surgery would have been the appropriate thing for your doctor to have done PRIOR to the procedure and YOU should have asked for that discussion if it was not volunteered. Get in touch with your doctor and do not rely on others who have had a singular experience to tell you whether all is well or something is very wrong.

Look i understand your concerns but the internet has helped many people deal with things in life. Outside of the internet they have support groups for things so that people can talk about their experiences, what makes this any different than that. Instead of your negativity we could probably use more people in this world who have the credentials to give their advice without charging hundreds of dollars an hour.
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Old 30th December 2010, 02:20 PM
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I have been following this thread for several months. While I sought "professional" advice from my doctors, I found comfort in knowing that there were so many others out there with the same foot issue and the same insecurities. I feel like I need to add my experiences to the ever growing list.

I sustained a foot injury this summer - painful area in my arch, a large swollen area with significant bruising. I visited an orthopedic surgeon (upon referral from my doctor) and discovered that I had a navicular accessory...which needed to be removed. He referred me to a foot specialist and I had the surgery on September 24, 2010.

I was in a soft cast for the first four days after surgery then moved into a cam walker boot. For four weeks I was completely non-weight bearing. The doc hooked me up with a knee walker - essentially a push scooter that you put your knee on while pushing with your good leg - as an alternative to crutches. It made life a lot easier - I would recommend asking about one of these. I want back to work (special education teacher) ten days after surgery. I was able to use the scooter to get around school but had to sit and have the foot elevated most of the time.

After four weeks I was given the all clear for weight bearing - with the cam walker - as I could tolerate. I still used the scooter for "distance" for the first few days but within four/five days I was walking full time. I was walking in the cam walker full time for two and a half weeks. I progressed into tennis shoes kind of slowly because I had to adjust to a new shoe orthodic (I can't remember the name of it - the kind that is really thick and cups your heel). I went back and forth from the shoe to the cam walker for about a week.

I started physical therapy on November 23rd - two months after surgery. Initially the therapy consisted of ultrasound, passive and active stretching, and balance activities. I also had iontophoresis treatment. Over the next few weeks, the therapist added steps, therapy bands, the NuStep machine, and a variety of additional stretching/balance tasks. I continued in this fashion until two days ago when I was discharged from physical therapy. My foot is certainly not healed to 100% but I have regained a normal range of motion and I am able to complete all of my regular daily tasks. The therapist says that I am basically at a plateau and I need to allow my foot to heal some more before I advance into strength training. She thinks I will likely be back for more advance physical therapy in a month or two. In the meantime I have a home program that consists of a lot of stretching and balance tasks. I will see the foot doc again mid-January.

That is my experience in a nutshell. I found that the emotional part of the surgery was MUCH harder than the physical. I mean, yes - at times the pain was incredible. However, the emotional stuff was much more difficult. It was hard to be a mom who couldn't take care of her kids and a wife who couldn't cook dinner (cooking is my passion and my favorite part of the day). At work it was very difficult to allow others to help me do tasks that used to be simple. It was depressing and there were several times when I broke down completely. Thankfully I have a very supportive family and friends that I can count on.

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I'm sorry, Tammi. I'm in the same boat: wife and mother who's wondering how I'm going to get everyone to school and properly fed. I'm supposed to have my accessory bone removed by my regular podiatrist. I'm curious if anyone has an "educated" opinion about whether or nor to let my fabulous podiatrist operate. I have a lot of faith in him as a person, but everyone says get a second opinion from an ortho.
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I'm curious if anyone has an "educated" opinion about whether or nor to let my fabulous podiatrist operate. I have a lot of faith in him as a person, but everyone says get a second opinion from an ortho.
"Faith" in one's doctor does not necessarily equate to results but generally means that you like his personality. If you are like most patients, you have little or no real medical basis for judging how "fabulous" your podiatrist is, or for that matter, how competent the ortho whom you choose for the second opinion might be. Before you rely on either your first or subsequent opinions, make sure you have properly checked out the doctors for MEDICAL competence.

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Will i be able to go to school the same week of my accessory navicular excision (removal)?
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anything that would help.
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Old 9th March 2011, 05:44 AM
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I am a 30 yr old woman and have know about my acessory navicular bones in both my feel for almost 20 years. My mom and I decided to put the surgery off until I was done growing, teen years, and then see how I was doing. Well obviously college got in the way. Anyway, I have lived with CHRONIC TERRIBLE foot/ankle/lower leg pain my entire life. It is now time for the surgery. I went to one doctor and after an MRI of just left foot, that shows a very large accessory navicluar and marrow edemas all over, I have decided to get a second opinion and then decided which doc I like best to do the surgery. No matter what, it is being done. But I am truly concerned because the doctor not only needs to remove the extra bone and cut/reattch the tendon, but he also has to take tendon from my big toe and also has to go in through the outside of my foot to fix those marrow edemas and to rebuild my arch with possible bone graphs from my knee area and insert plates and screws. I am scared to death! The doctor explained that I will be out of work for at least 3 months and all of the pros and cons, but I am still petrified! Did anyone else have this extensive of a acc. navicular surgery? My second opinion is in two days so thats a relief. But I feel like even though I asked all of the questions I could think of, I still feel like I don't know enough. And to top it all off, I broke my back when I was 19 and had spinal fusion from l5-s1... and who knows how this is going to affect the perm. pain I have from that. Will the crutches make my back worse? If anyone has any advice, especially on easily forgotten questions that I should ask the second doctor, please answer this!!!! Thanks for your support, I hope you are all doing well. (God am I glad I found this forum!)
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Just got the news today I have to have this surgery.

FootDoc,
I want to know WHY DPM has to cut the tendon in half to get to the bone? Why can't he cut a small sliver of tendon over the bone and dig/cut it the out? That would seem to be the easiest thing to do and provide the least amount of tendon damage?

-Worried
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I used a knee walker instead of crutches after my accessory navicular surgery. Google it, it is quite a thing. I named it "Nelly"
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I had this surgery done five years ago. It was a long recovery but it went so well I had my other foot done. About three years ago I started having pain in my ankle on my incision spot. It would flare up for no reason and I would not be able to walk on it for a couple weeks and would be back in my walking boot. Unfortunately I live on the west coast now & my surgery was done in the Midwest. When I finally made it back to see my surgeon it turns out my body was rejecting the permanent sutures left in my ankle from the first surgery. Now that those are removed my feet feel amazing! Non surgical treatments don't work for accessory navicular problems, once they bother you it will not stop. I recommend the surgery to anyone out there in pain
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I have a pain in my foot and there is a lump there near the ankle. My doctor said that it might be an extra bone but didn't specify. It is underneath the ankle and I am starting to think that it is accsserory navical. I also have very very flat feet. She recommended surgery but I am scared during the surgery it will hurt. Wil the surgery hurt? Please give me some answers!!!
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Every individuals recovery time is different due to peoples bodies variables. When i had a fasciotomy i was supposed to be able to go back to work less than a week later, and didnt end up being able to work for over 3 months because it took forever to heal. Just take whatever your dr tells you as a general average.
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Yes, all surgery will hurt unless you have some type of crazy pain tolerance, of course its going to hurt.Not while actually in surgery due to you being so out of it. Definately afterwards though. They are opening your skin with a scalpel, etc. That alone would cause pain. But they almost always give you pain meds so i wouldnt worry about it.
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thank you for those responses
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So after reading these and paying attention to the foot doc replies I know everyone is different in healing... With that being said today marks one week of my surgery. Minus being violently I'll from the anestesha and possibly the pain Meds I feel good. Stopped all the Meds Monday and have been keeping the foot up as much as possible. I was sent home wrapped and in a walking boot. My directions say partial weight baring... What does that mean? I go back in a week to get stitches out, any ideas as to how long walking boot? Also think but can't remember (but no or minimal tendon repair) thx
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Especially as you say that you have read the foot doc's posts I would think that since you've already invested time, inconvenience and pain in this surgery and wouldn't want to screw it up now, that you would know that he would tell you that a call to the doc who gave you these directions would give you a much better chance at getting exactly what he meant by partial weight bearing than getting a random answer from someone here who may not know exactly what your doctor had in mind. Ditto for your question about the boot.
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I just had the surgery 7 weeks ago on the navicular bone and am going back to work tonight, though I probably should have had one more week off to allow the foot to heal close to 95%. When you get your cast and walking boot off, use the crutches for the first two days, as much as that's gonna suck. All of the pressure on your healing foot is not good. Suffer a little now, reward alot later. Spend the time carefully in the crutches or spend 3 times? that trying to repair damage that shouldn't have been there in the first place and cost whoever is paying for the surgery more time and money.
I am having this surgery tomorrow, and my surgeon/doctor told me that when you get off of the crutches, you are in a walking cast for two weeks.
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