Hello, I had nerve surgery March 25 by a plastic surgeon Doc who specializes in nerve entrapment issues trained at Dellon institute. Three different areas were addressed. Just below the right knee for numbness on right calf, at the middle toe to check for mortons neuroma and the right ankle for tarsel tunnel for right heel pain. I thought recovering from my L5-S1 PLIF was rough, this has been much harder. I was on a walker for two weeks, then on and off for another week. the Doc did find much compression at the ankle but did not say any thing else. For the first two and a half weeks my right heel was fine and then it came alive and with a vengeance. No amount of pain meds could stop it. Saw the Doc two days later. He said during the surgery at the ankle he found a neuroma one of the nerves ( I do not recall the specific nerve name ) that descends into the heel. It was not what he expected to find but it explains the savage heel pain. He decompressed the nerve but it appears the damage has already be done. He gave me a steroid shot just above the incision at the ankle, after four days it finally calmed down to pre-surgical pain. Needless to say I was so disheartened. But the Doc did give two options, one, let it be or totally remove the offending nerve. Yea baby, I'm for taking that darn nerve out right now with a hand saw if I could!!! O.K. most days are like that but the Doc wants to wait at least 10 weeks post-op before going there. I go back to work May 10th and have some other obligation in May so I will put if off until the first of June. There has not been an injury to my right ankle that would explain the neuroma, it just is. When I see my Doc again we will cover the side effects of removing the nerve. I know there will be numbness but what else I do not know. I do care but then again the pain can be so bad at any time I do not care about side effects. Luckily it is relatively small area effected I think?
With that said has anyone had a nerve removed?
If so, how did it turn out?
Presently there is still swelling at all surgery sites, especially the ball of the foot.
The good news is I am off the MS Contin just because. Still on percocet and lots of Neurontin but nothing else. I did try Cymbalta for the nerve pain after the surgery, but had urinary side effect issues with it and had to stop taking it.
I will post again after I meet with the Doc to discuss the nerve removal.