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Surgery (granulation tissue on my foot) =O

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by pianoplayer4, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. pianoplayer4

    pianoplayer4 Approved members

    Feb 13, 2010
    So I'm having yet again another surgery (this will make 3 since in the past 2 years) This time I have to have some granulation tissue removed from my left foot.

    Basically I had a cut on the side of my foot and it got infected... at the same time (but not necessarily connected to the infection) the cut sort of 'grew' up and became this nasty bubble of soft vascular tissue. this happened at the end of june.

    The infection went away once I went on the antibiotic, but the weird bubble thing didn't. So we got to go to a wound specialist. He cut the gross bubble thing off, said it was granulation tissue (when a cut is irritated and over heals it produces granulation tissue, which is basically just a mass of gross bloody tissue) and now that he cut it off it should heal fine, just come back in a week so he could check it. Great! we went back in a week and it was healing fine so he said hope I never see you again;-) but if it's not healed in two weeks you need to come back.

    Well a week later the granulation had grown back, but I was traveling so we had to wait until I came home to go in again. A week ago we finally get in and he's like... oh... it grew back. so he cauterized it and said that should shrink it, but if it doesn't then you'll need surgery to have it removed.

    A week later it had grown even more=( and then there was another week waiting for the appointment. today we got in there and he told us basically what to expect for the surgery, it shouldn't be long, maybe fifteen minutes, I'll have to wear a surgical boot for at least a week. there going to cut sort of a tear drop shape around the wound and then sow me back up. I'll be asleep.

    so obviously I'm worried, ever time we see this guy he says "this should work, and it doesn't. today he said "this shouldn't grow back after the surgery... but what if it does? Honestly I feel like I have the worst luck in the word right now (though I know it's God's plan, not luck) we asked how common this was today and apparently its super rare to have this type on granulation where I have it, I almost felt like he was going to say "I've never seen this before"

    I seem to be the queen of rare cases, I had a better chance of winning the lottery than getting type one diabetes, it's unheard of to have a complication from diabetes until you've had it for at least five years and I had cataract surgery seven months after dx, then, almost exactly two years later my BEST FRIEND (as in I can literally tell her everything, she's like a sister we fight all the time like sisters and it hurt like she was my sister when she called and told me) was dx with type one diabetes, then celiac, then lyme....oh and her mom died of cancer a year ago. we put together have the worst luck EVER

    okay, freak out over.... now if you've made it this far, thanks if you skipped to this part, please still answer my questions=)

    I've had surgery before, but I wasn't on the pump... should I take off teh pump for surgery? I know anesthetic makes me drop... but do you think its safe for me to not have the pump on? what if there's a complication and I'm in there for a while? (I don't think that will happen, but I'm going to worry about it all the same:-/)

    anyone whose had foot surgery... what should I do about the stitches.... should I stay off the foot for a while? how long? the dr didn't say....

    has anyone ever dealt with this? cause I've searched the internet, and all I can find is articles about ingrown toe nails.... and nothing about surgeries...=(

    please keep me in your prayers... I've got two weeks before my surgery and this stupid thing HURTS. plus I'm worried, I don't know why, I've had two eye surgeries, surely this isn't as scary as that... but I'm scared=(
  2. C6H12O6

    C6H12O6 Approved members

    Sep 16, 2008

    what was your A1C when you were dx'd ? the cataracts can be a complication from lowering someone's bg too rapidly when they are first dx'd
  3. Big Hair Momma

    Big Hair Momma Approved members

    Jan 23, 2007
    I had one of these on my thumb. I went to my dermatologist, he cut it off and cauterized the incision. It never came back. I don't have any experience with one on my foot, but I had a good experience with my thumb. Good luck!
  4. sooz

    sooz Approved members

    Dec 4, 2009
    I'm sorry you are having to go through all of this, especially since it is painful. I understand why you are worried, since it was removed and it came back already. I had to have some surgery last year, and I had never had anesthesia, so I was all worried too, that it wouldn't go well, but my worry was a waste of time because everything was ok. I don't know the answers to your questions but you should make a list of them and take the list with you to ask your questions to the doctor. He will tell you how long to stay off your foot, etc. Taking your pump off may depend on the hospital policy. Usually during surgery they don't want you wearing any kind of stuff like jewelry even. The surgery will only take 15 min you said so you will be fine. They will have you hooked up to an IV probably, so they can give you what you need that way, if they need to, or you can just put your pump on afterwards. Your surgeon is aware of your type 1 I'm sure. Hang in there and try not to worry about it so much ( I know, easier said than done), it isn't a matter of bad luck, it is just that sometimes stuff happens and it has to get taken care of. I am way sorry you and your best friend have had so much to deal with. I will be praying for you, let us know how it's going.

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