tendon transfer for foot drop

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Hi I am wondering if anyone has information on tendon transfers for a dro[ foot ty

-- Diane from Seattle (aladin806@peoplepc.com), April 24, 2004


Diane, I don't have an answer for you but if someone does, can you email me. My husband has drop foot on the left side and his orthopedic surgeon mentioned this operation but was unsure due to the fact that if it didn't work, he would have nothing. I have always kept this in the back of my mind. If you could let me know that would be great. Thanks, Lynn

-- lynn bond (sbond1@nycap.rr.com), May 01, 2004.

I had this done to my left foot on March 17 2004 before the operation I could not move my foot at all. I now have movement and it increases every day. Loyola Hosiptal Dr. M Pinzer did the operation I have been told total recover time will be 6 to 8 months Since it is really to early to state that I have 100% improvement I have much more that I had before the operation. I would recommend Dr Pinzer if you decide to have the operation He is the best around.

-- bill (bigspel@aol.com), June 03, 2004.

I have a form of Muscular Dystrophy which causes foot drop...I had the tendor transfer surgery 12 years ago, and am doing fantastic. Do to md, it has now moved into my right foot, and am looking for another doctor to perform this surgery. It seems no one knows much about it...They just want to immobilize my foot, which is not what I am looking for. I live in Missouri and would love to hear more.

-- sherry (sdeeds@allamericanfr.com), June 09, 2004.

Hi! My name is Doug. I don't know anything about this operation you are referring to but,I do have some helpful information for people in need of help with A footdrop problem. I am 66 years young and was diagnosed with chronic progressive multiple sclerosis, I had footdrop big time!! I heard about an aid for footdrop called, The Foot Lift assist. I have been using this simple device for 10 years and, I think it has kept me out of a wheelchair, I would be happy to pass on information to anyone in need. Douglas Slinger

-- Douglas Slinger (dmobilitynow@powerweb.net), August 20, 2004.

Hi I recently had a tendon transfer surgery to fix a foot drop to my right foot. I had the surgery done at the Rothman Institute in Philladelphia. My peripheral nerve was severed durring an ACL reconstruction surgery resulting in my dropped foot and finally now after 2 years i have movement back. They did an awesome at the Institute within 3 months i was walking almost normal. I am a 19 year old attending college and it has made my life so much better. So for anyone is doubting the surgery it really does work.

-- Katti from Pennsylvania (Chicka1117@msn.com), October 25, 2004.

Hi, I am a 45 year old male in Ottawa, Canada. I may need tendon transfer surgery on my right leg due to a waterskiing accident in the summer. I now have had "drop foot" since mid-July and it has not improved. I am looking for references from anyone in Canada about physicians who are skilled in this procedure. Thanks! Tony.

-- Tony McConnell (pictonboy@rogers.com), November 17, 2004.

Hello, my name is Sharon and I am 27, I have had drop foot in my left foot since I was 12 due to a devise i had on my leg when I was 12 called an Illizorf (used to lengthen my left Tibia)The pin went right through my ankel killing the neves and tendons... Now 27 finally a doctor wants to do something for me THANK GOD, cause I trip all of the time walking, have trouble going up and down stairs... I am nervous about it but I trust the doctor I am seeing now, Dr. John Kennedy at the Hospital For Special Surgery in Manhatten, NY... Reading what everyone has to say on this web site gives me no more worries... HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 2005!!

-- Sharon Waxmundsky (shar185@verizon.net), January 01, 2005.

Hi, I have had chronic progressive Multiple Sclerosis for 30 years. About 20 year ago, I was experiencing immobilising foot pain due to foot drop foot deformity. My orthopaedic surgeon, who was very progressive in his field at the time, but is now retired, straightened my big toe by pinning it. He also tried to give me more foot mobility by doing a tendon transfer, although he warned me that the tendon transfer might not work due to nerve conduction problems associated with MS. Unfortunately, as he predicted, the tendon transplant was not effective. However, the pinning surgery, I would consider, has been a wonderful success. The pain relief was immediate. There has been not further deteriotation of the corrected joint, although my small toes are now curling under (MS- related causes). I attribute my present walking capacities and ongoing employment to that surgeon and surgery.

The reason that I was looking on this site, is that my other foot is starting to develop foot drop, and I am considering similar surgery. I would not hestite to have the same surgery done again when I find the "right" orthopadic surgeon (in Australia).

Best wishes in your search and endeavours. Hopefully the tendon transplant will be more successful in your case. However, pinning may be a back-up option if the transplant does not do as well as you would hope.

-- Angela Barry (angmbarry@optusnet.com.au), January 02, 2005.

I read yor responses with interest, I too have a dropped foot and am considering surgery, I live in the UK anyone know of a surgeon over here?

-- Christopher Wilson (chris.wilson@celerant.cc), January 17, 2005.

I don't know anything about that operation but, I have chronic progressive multiple sclerosis and foot drop, I found a simple device they call The Foot Lift Assist it completely eliminates the Foot Drop. I Love to visit. dslinger000@centurytel.net

-- Douglas Slinger (dslinger000@centurytel.net), March 14, 2005.

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