What was your initial medical issue?
I had a right foot bunion and a hammer toe on the second toe of the right foot.
What did your pain or other symptoms prevent you from doing?
Wearing any new shoes would cause discomfort and aching in the bunion. I am a nurse practitioner and spend most of the day on my feet. It was becoming more difficult to work an 8-9 hour day. Also, I am a walker. I usually walk 2-3 miles about 5 times a week and my foot was becoming very uncomfortable.
Why did you choose Dr. Neufeld and Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center?
One of the physicians I worked for told me about Dr. Neufeld. His wife has undergone a bunionectomy about 6 months prior by Dr. Neufeld.
What procedure/treatment did you have done?
Right bunionectomy and hammer toe release.
How did you feel after your treatment?
There was absolutely no pain the day of the surgery. It was outpatient and I was there for about 2 hours. The day after the surgery, there was discomfort in the morning but gradually got better each day. I took pain medication for the first few days and changed to tylenol. The foot did not hurt at all when it was elevated. It did not interfere with sleeping either. I took a week off of work and was back to a full patient load in a week. There was some swelling which gradually gets better. At my four week appointment, I started to walk again. I was walking about a mile for the first few weeks but am back to 2-3 miles now. I am now 8 weeks out from the surgery with no complications. The swelling is gradually getting better each week.
Do you have any advice for other patients?
Don't hesitate to get the surgery done. When my patients asked about the boot I was wearing, I told them I had bunion surgery. I have heard some real horror stories from patients about the surgery. The percutaneous approach reall made a difference. I would recommend it to anyone! Dr. Neufeld's office and staff have been wonderful to deal with, very professional. I am very happy to recommend him for the surgery to anyone that asks.