I honestly get tired of talking about my surgery. It’s bad enough to be constantly reminded of it everyday, when I wake up, or go to PT, or think about the future. It’s also pretty negative, and I try to be as positive on my blog as possible. Despite all this, I need to talk about it for others’ sake. I’ve been reached out to multiple times on my twitter and instagram because others have had/are about to have this surgery and need to be reassured that it is not all bad. There are lots of people who get the surgery who go online to complain about it, so it can seem awful,—but remember, the people that don’t have any problems just get on with life, so we never hear from them! That’s why I’m here 🙂
Eight weeks later
My surgery was on August second, which means it’s been eight weeks since surgery! Woohoo! It feels like I had it a year ago, but also like it was just last week. How crazy, right? As of right now, I have absolutely zero pain in my foot, which feels amazing, lemme tell ya. I’m currently walking with no boot and zero crutches! Yep, you read that right. Ya girl is walking!!! It feels so weird, but in a fantastic kind of weird way. I’m only walking while wearing a sneaker with an orthotic, but still, it’s amazing!
it was 13 weeks from the day of my injury to the day I took my first steps
also known as 91 days
or 2,184 hours
while all that totally sucked, I made it! It killed me to go thirteen weeks without dancing, but that’s the way life goes, and I’m done! It’s crazy how much easier life is when you can walk, believe me, do not take it for granted 🙂
ok enough of my celebrating, let’s talk about you! Please keep in mind I am not a doctor or professional, just someone sharing her experience and thoughts after going through this.
Accessory Navicular Syndrome
There’s more about accessory navicular syndrome in this post, but if you have it or think you have it, definitely keep reading! The first thing to do on your road to recovery is to find the right doctor for you. I was lucky enough to find an absolutely incredible orthopedic surgeon (thanks Mom!), but it was a long journey to get there. I went to multiple professionals, none of which recognized what I had. One told me I just had a bad ankle sprain. Another read off a long list of problems found in my MRI. These included posterior tibial tendonitis, a stress fracture, bone bruising, and achilles tendonitis among other things. I did have all of the things on that list, but the main issue was my accessory navicular. Keep that in mind, accessory navicular syndrome might not have occurred to your doctor, since it isn’t super common.
Options for recovery
The number one piece of advice I heard from everyone I encountered: let’s exhaust all of our options before surgery. Nobody, not even the surgeons, wanted to rush into surgery. It’s much better to try and let your body heal on its own. For someone trying to get back on their feet asap, that’s tough to hear. You want to get going, and waiting sounds like the worst possible thing. Trust me, I was right there too. Try to keep in mind that there is not really a long recovery process for your body healing naturally, so that really is the best thing to do if you can.
My doctor said I had two options to combat my injury. The first option was to rest, stay off my foot at all costs, and use an ultrasound bone stimulator to try and fuse my accessory navicular and navicular together. Unfortunately that did not work so I went to the second option, surgery.
There are a few different kinds of surgery for accessory navicular syndrome, so do your research! Some of the most common types of surgery are the Kidner procedure and the modified Kidner. Try and find a surgeon that will help you heal while being as conservative as possible. The less you can mess with down in your foot, the better. There are so many nerve endings, bones, tissues, tendons, muscles and fascia in your feet that are best not to disturb, unless you really have to.
The actual surgery
For me, I was “under” for about an hour while being operated on. Afterwards, I spent about three hours in the post-op room. During that time the nurses were able to continue monitoring me while I recovered from the anesthesia, just to make sure everything was all set. Afterwards I was able to go home, instead of staying the night at the hospital.
I reacted pretty strongly to the meds and anesthesia, and was pretty crazy while the anesthesia wore off. I’m generally a very quiet introvert, but not after surgery! I did not hesitate to announce any thought that popped into my head. I said some crazy things 🙂 I’m actually thinking of doing a post about what I said post-op, so if that interests you, let me know in the comments.
I’m not going to mince my words; there will be pain. You just had your foot cut open and a bone removed, how could there not be? For me, the first five days were the worst. I’m usually pretty tough when it comes to pain, but man, that was awful. I reacted very poorly to the medications I was on, and was very dizzy and nauseous for a while. This doesn’t happen to everyone, I’ve just found that I always react strongly to any type of medication.
I’ve been in contact with a few people who have gotten this surgery, and they agree, the days post-op are miserable, but don’t let that get you down. Surgery may be a necessary step for you, and it will end up helping you tremendously in the long run. I know it’s really hard, but try to stay and positive and remember, you will get through it!
Just think, once you get past those first days, you’ll start feeling better! For the first two weeks post-surgery, I really didn’t move around very much at all, but once I hit the fourteen-day mark, everything turned around, it was awesome! So if you’re looking at getting this surgery, bear in mind that it will not be pleasant at first, but it feels amazing once things start looking up. I have a post on my must-haves for staying comfortable in the first few days after surgery here to help you out.
To sum up
Please please please do not be scared by the stories online about this surgery! I do not recommend rushing into the surgery, just like any other operation, but if you have to get it, you’ll be a-ok! As long as you do your research, listen to the professionals, and rest as much as possible for a week or two after surgery, you should be well on your way to recovery. There is so little information about this surgery online, so do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, and let me know if there are any other related posts you’d like me to write! Before my surgery, I would have loved to have a blog to calm my worries, so that’s what I’m trying to do here.
phew, that was a long one.
have a great week everyone!