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Post operative pain from hallux rigidux surgery

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Yesterday, I had several large osteophytes removed from my big right toe. Thirty six hours later, with leg elevated almost all the time, I have developed sharp pain. If you have had this surgery, please tell me your best way of dealing with the pain. Apparently, percoset is not working. Thank you,

Mike Davis 

post #2 of 6

Local anethetic that your surgeon injected into the site finally wore off.  Bone pain is bad.  Keep it elevated, iced, and add an anti-inflamatory such as ibuprofen or naproxen.

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Pwdrhnd,

I am putting ice over the dressing, but I don't think it is penetrating through the dressing. Thanks for the advice.  I just discovered this website and am grateful for finding it.  I guess my injury has opened up wonderful new discoveries.

Mike

post #4 of 6

I put the ice on my ankle ... that's what doctor said to do, and it seemed to work. I think you're right, the cold doesn't penetrate the dressing, but if it cools your circulating blood, it is still effective. Not sure about the specifics, there, but that's what I did... Good luck. 

post #5 of 6

my surgery was ACL, but I had the same problem with the ice not penetrating- called Doc assistant and he said I could remove some of the layers, but not to get the wound wet...good luck, it should get better over time.

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

 It's day 5 after my surgery. I removed the dressing and saw a 1 1/2 inch line of stitches.  I have no pain when elevating the foot and the usual throb when I put the foot down.  I am icing and relaxing.  Hope all of you who are recovering are doing well. Reading, tv, etc is giving me a little cabin fever. Thanks.

Mike

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