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My big toe is partially numb after my sesamoidectomy 3 weeks ago. Will the numbness go away? How long does this take?

My big toe is partially numb after my sesamoidectomy 3 weeks ago. Will the numbness go away? How long does this take?

Probably, months: Depending on what sesamoid was taken out, some nerves can get stretched or damaged. A stretched nerve will usually recover over a few months but improvement may continue for up to 18 months. A damaged nerve may recover, bit there may be some permanent numbness. Only time will tell and there is not much to do in the meantime. ...Read more

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I just had a sesamoidectomy 2 weeks ago, how long until I can return to work and normal activities?

I just had a sesamoidectomy 2 weeks ago, how long until I can return to work and normal activities?

Touchy surgery.: There are two sesamoid bones. Either one can be totally or partially removed, for a variety of reasons. Normal activities and work vary from person to person. Because of so many variables, your best answer to the post operative time frame is best answered by the surgeon who performed the work and is familiar with your lifestyle particulars. In general, this surgery is often unpredictable. ...Read more

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How much time does recovery for sesamoidectomy take?

3-6 months: The initial healing is relatively quick 3-4 weeks, but until 100% it may take many months. It is important to follow your doctors post-op instructions and don't push it. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm getting a sesamoidectomy tomorrow and I was wondering how long the surgery is?

What do you advise if I'm getting a sesamoidectomy tomorrow and I was wondering how long the surgery is?

I advise you : To ask your surgeon any questions you may have regarding your surgery. (It should take under an hour though if that's all they are doing). ...Read more

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How long does a "full" recovery usually take after a sesmoidectomy? Worst little injury I have ever had and I have had a lot. I am over 12 months post op and still have pain and possibly related "referred pain" to the base of my 4th and 5th toes at the

You : You have two sesamoid bones, but since you made reference to an injury, i'm going to assume you fractured your tibial sesamoid, which is the one furthest away from the pinky toe, and the one more exposed, less protected, and more susceptible to injury. The sesamoids act as fulcrums and are invested in one of the flexor tendons near the bottom of the big toe, and their purpose is to give more leverage (power) to the flexor tendons as to equate the power of the extensor tendons. When a tibial sesamoid is removed, two things are usually also done: the extensor tendon of the big toe is lengthened (to offset the loss of power of the flexor tendon after the sesamoid is removed), and a special type of repair is made to the joint capsule of the big toe to prevent it from turning in, which can occur after the tibial sesamoid is removed. So not only are you facing the consequences of walking on this thing for a year, but you also probably had more stuff done than just have the sesamoid removed. Nevertheless, now at 12 months post-op, you shouldn't really be limping. I recommend you get a second opinion. ...Read more