Disabled by pain after bunion surgery 7 yrs ago. RSD! CRPS! No sheets touched my foot. Today husband touches me. Smiling. Tx Dr Dellon Lori
Hello Dr Dellon, just sending in an update from Canada. I have been practically pain free for the past three years since you performed surgery on my left leg/foot following a crush injury resulting in RSD. Here are some pictures of me competing in a mud run to support cancer research in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. ( I am wearing the pink head band and green shirt) Before I met you and your fabulous team I never would have imagined I could do anything like this ever again. Thank you again for using your magic hands to make this possible!
I walked all the way from Grand Central Station to South Street Seaport!!! Then to Little Italy for meatballs and a beer!
Thanks Dr D. SH
Suellen is wearing shoes, back at work, taking daughters to look at colleges. 2 yrs after surgery for RSD of her left foot.
Tx Dr Dellon
I am back to Rodeo Barrel Racing. Your surgery fixed my right foot RSD after a horse crushed that leg.
Tx Dr Dellon. MW, Seattle
From wheelchair to walking. Your nerve surgery relieved my RSD Dr Dellon. Tx D from U
Naïve, reluctant, and stubborn I refused to accept this as my fate. When I was fourteen years old pain was a part of my every day life. Multiple doctors suggested that giving up the thing I loved the most was the only solution to my pain. I was told that if I did not quit figure skating, my feet would be ruined to the point where one day walking would be a challenge. With my mom by my side I visited more doctors, tried absurd home remedies, and researched online, but nothing seemed to help. “Over use” and rest ware not acceptable answers. Headstrong and persistent I continued to skate.
Skating led me to Fairfax, Virginia where I trained in the summer and on school vacations with a coach that lived there. There is where I met another skater, Anna Madorsky, in the summer of 2010 who had struggled with injuries a few years prior. By her suggestion I made an appointment with a doctor in Baltimore. Although skeptical, I was hoping for a new perspective, hopefully one that offered answers. After six hours in Dr. Dellon’s office, sitting through tests, poking and prying exactly where it hurt, he came to a verdict, something no other doctor I had seen was able to do. Less than a week after the initial appointment, I headed back to Baltimore to have surgery on my foot.
Dr. Dellon was an atypical doctor to say the least. Of the six hours I spent in his office, I was not just waiting to see him or confused as to what he had to say. In this short period of time he got to know me as an individual, not just my injury. He continued to email, call, and check up on me after I had traveled back home to Cary. The following year I returned to Baltimore for a second surgery. He stayed in touch just as he had the first time making sure I was doing well, and answering any questions that came about.
Still, I did not fully realize how outstanding of a man Dr. Dellon was, or what a true friend I had gained until over a year after my most recent surgery. He contacted me not to check on my foot or see if I was better, but to see how life was going. Dr. Dellon impacted my life more than just helping me regain my physicality and ability to skate. His goal is not to just fix the problem, but rather to help and encourage the person that is stuck. Because of him I know now that in what ever I decide do I want to help people. I want my schooling and work to provide me with the opportunity to enhance other’s lives as Dr. Dellon did to mine. I want to be able to give other people hope and have them find a friend in me as he did and continues to do.
Hey. ONE YEAR WITHOUT CRUTCHES. I use bike & treadmill. RSD so much better since your surgery. Back at work.
SH in Va
Back in my Championship form horseback rodeo riding. RSD, CRPS, crutches, are all gone.
Thanks Dr Dellon. MW Seattle
I am on a ladder and painting my room 6 weeks after you fixed my heel pain neuroma and tarsal tunnel surgery. Like my Grandma boots? Wow. Thanks.
LW in Utah.
Me, with RSD in feet, sitting in wheelchair for my daughter's wedding.
Now, after your surgery, me walking again.
Tx Dr Dellon.
It is only two months since my surgery with you. You used Ketamine anesthesia. Here are my feet in the James River. I walked a mile to get here. Both feet look the same.
I just wanted to post a quick THANK YOU.. the staff at the surgery center was awesome and to say attentive is an understatement. Dr. Dellon.. you epitomize the term physician - because you are a physician in the truest sense of the word. I was terrified going into this - but you quickly gained my trust (something difficult to do when it comes to doctors).
Thank you for "living" your career and caring so much for your patients.. for once I didn't feel like a number in someone's file cabinet.
DEBRA IS WALKING FOR FIRST TIME IN 5 YEARS AFTER A LEE DELLON, MD, PhD's surgery.
Walking much better after the nerve surgery you did. RSD is getting ready to leave me alone. SH
Two years since you did my surgery. 18 years since my sports injury. Look at me now. Yoga is great.
Tx Dr Dellon. K in Fla.
I am back in China and dancing in my salsa classes Dr Dellon. Thank you for removing that painful nerve in my leg. BJW.
Horrible pain is gone and I can touch my foot! 3 months after Dr Dellon removed painful nerves from top of foot and restored sensation to the bottom of my foot.
This patient has had several operations on her right leg for severe nerve pain. Her latest operation was a decompression of the tarsal tunnel, medial plantar, lateral plantar, calcaneal nerve. She also had a decompression of the common peroneal nerve and a partial resection of the superficial peroneal nerve. She reports 80% improvement in her foot pain. Prior to her procedures she was hardly able to wear shoes and socks. She now has no difficulty with touching the top or bottom of her foot. She has no difficulty with walking, and her function is substantially improved.
Operation peformed by Dr. Eric Williams
This patient had severe residual pain in the lateral ankle and 5th toe. She is 3 months from a resection of the right sural nerve with implant into muscle behind her knee. This nerve had been removed previously but placed in the lower leg where she continued to traumatize it. We removed this nerve higher and implanted into the adductor location behind the knee in order to get this out of the area of injury. 3 months after surgery she has excellent relief for pain in his return to her dancing without restrictions.
Operation peformed by Dr. Eric Williams
This patient is one month after removing several branches of the medial plantar nerve to arch of the foot for residual severe pain that was keeping her from being able to comfortably walk and carry weight on her foot, as well as touch the skin that used to be hypersensitive.
Operation peformed by Dr. Eric Williams
No more sural neuroma pain. Finally. Thanks Dr Dellon. I can throw away this crutch!
Watch me walk for the first time in 2 years. My RSD is under control since you removed those damaged nerves Dr Dellon.
Hey, I am back riding my horse. The one that fell on my leg to give me RSD. Thanks for your surgery Dr Dellon.
My first weight bearing steps after 18 months. It is just 6 weeks since your surgery on my right RSD leg. No wheelchair or crutches. See my smile?
Tx JB, Ca
Happy New year 2013 to you! Remember that 4 years before you operated on me, a car ran over my left foot leaving me paralyzed with RSD. Here are two pictures from my Nicaragua trip, the first is pretty self explanatory, but the second one is me attempting to pull a 50 gallon pail of water from a 100ft well! Would never have thought either was possibe if it weren't for you and your surgery on my left leg 3 years ago. Joanna, Canada
Water walking in my pink shoes! It has been 18 months since I could walk due to my RSD of the right knee/foot. It is just three weeks since your surgery.
Thanks Doctor Dellon. JB from CA
Enjoying the Holidays with my husband. My RSD foot is warm and pink. I can now touch the top of my foot again without pain. 6 days after your surgery. Thanks Dr Dellon
Madison (white scarf) enjoys a Holiday Reunion with her family after Dr Dellon relieves the RSD of foot by peripheral nerve.
4 months after you removed the last painful nerve from my foot, we carve turkey together and drink a toast of Thanksgiving that my pain is gone. Suellen, Virginia
My RSD left foot now looks so much like my right one, and I am walking with John. No crutches.
Thanks Dr Dellon. SH, Virginia
We went for lunch in the harbor. NO crutches!! In all the times to see you, we have never been able to do this.
Best part? Not just holding hands with John, but nobody staring at me!
Thanks for fixing my heel pain enough so I can use the kick stand on my bike. Dr. Dellon, here are Nancy and me in Boothbay Harbor Maine a couple of weeks ago. We have enjoyed the summer on the cycle with an eight day trip to Nova Scotia at the end of July.
At the beach with my Dad (left) and Uncle (right) 6 months after Dr Dellon removed painful nerve causing RSD of my foot. Can you guess which foot had the RSD?
My RSD foot on the left from 2009 and how it looks now Dr Dellon after your surgeries. I can walk without my crutches now.
27 year old girl has her ankle pain and RSD relieved by surgery. After an ankle injury, and joint surgery, she finally had her ankle fused but still had ankle pain.
The pain in my foot, related to RSD is gone after you fixed my injured nerves. Thanks so much. DF, Nevada
Hi Dr. Dellon! My foot is doing GREAT! I have never been so happy. With all this pain gone, I am finally able to enjoy the everyday things in life like putting on a shoe or going for a walk on the beach without the sand irritating my foot. I can't thank you enough you helped to improve my quality of life because without all this pain I can be myself for once.
Surgery by Dr. Eric Williams
Patient is 2 months from decompression of the proximal tibial nerve in the calf, and a redo decompression of the common peroneal nerve and a resection of the superficial peroneal and deep peroneal nerve. She has had an excellent response. She has better muscle function in her toes and ankle, and she has improved sensation in the sole of the foot, and complete resolution of pain in the top of the foot.
Surgery by Dr. Eric Williams
Patient is two weeks from a tarsal tunnel release for severe pain and numbness in the sole of her foot. She is already ticklish and the severe sharp annoying sensations have resolved. See her laugh when the foot is tickled.
Surgery by Dr Eric Williams
Male now 3-4 months after complex multistage surgical rehabilitation of the left leg after a crush injury. He was diagnosed with "RSD" or Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome" and was told that there was nothing that could be done. He has several procedures that included decompression of the common peroneal nerve, superficial peroneal nerve, and deep peroneal nerve, as well as a challenging redo tarsal tunnel release with an extended decompression of the medial plantar, lateral plantar, and calcaneal nerves. He also has a portion of the medial plantar nerve removed and buried in the arch of the foot. He has had an excellent outcome with improved sensation and less pain. His "incurable" problem is 80% better.
Surgery by Dr Eric Williams
This young man had a very complex multistage surgical rehabilitation of the left leg for "RSD" or Chronic Regional Pain symdrome of the left foot after a crush injury. It included decompressions of the proximal tibial nerve, common peroneal nerve, interdigital nerves, and a complex revisional tarsal tunnel decompression with release of the medial plantar, lateral plantar, and calcaneal nerve. His "RSD" or Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome is well on it way to improvment.
RSD of the foot successfully treated by nerve decompressions by Dr Dellon.
Dancing with Dad, like Dancing with the Stars, after Dr Dellon stopped 3 years of pain & paralysis in my foot.
Sara P, NJ
Able to do this "water boarding" 5 months after you helped my painful foot.
High school senior able to run on relay team after peroneal palsy and foot pain reversed by Dr Dellon's surgery.
Young woman with chronic refractory ankle and foot pain after seemingly simple ankle sprain. She was diagnosed with compression of the superficial peroneal nerve in the leg due to a stress traction type injury from the ankle sprain. She has excellent recovery with relief of her pain and better sensation after surgery by Dr. Eric Williams.
"He is now standing on one leg, his previously
painful RSD leg, while pitching".
"Pre-Op This is appearance of RSD in the left foot before surgery"
Proximal Tibial Nerve Palsy
Dr. Dellon was an angel sent from heaven to us.
In December of 2008 Jeffrey went into the hospital for a routine surgery to have his ACL repaired. He had a peripheral nerve block in place therefore was numbed from his thighs to his toes; a brace was put on his leg. Unfortunately the brace was too tight. The tight brace caused Compartment Syndrome, which then led to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. This caused a paralyzed leg and excruciating pain in his foot.
We met Dr. Dellon on June 16, 2009 and knew we trusted him immediately. Dr. Dellon performed surgery on July 16, 2009, and the progress he has made since then is truly a miracle. He is still working hard to this day towards the best possible outcome.
We will forever be grateful to Dr. Dellon for helping our son with his kind compassionate ways and most of all for his skilled hands that started us on the road to recovery!
--The McDonald Family
Spinal Stimulator Removed After Surgery Relieves
Dear Dr Dellon,
It was hard for most people to understand the frustration and suffering I experienced from more than 20 years of sporadic episodes of unexplained shooting pain in my toes. I saw multiple neurologists, orthopedists, pain specialists, osteopaths, chiropractors and therapists, and nobody had an explanation or a solution. I was even told by an emergency room doctor that there are no nerves in the top of my big toe, so I couldn't be feeling the pain that brought to him at 2 am and that I knew was absolutely real!
I would wake up in the middle of the night crying with pain and it would last for two to three days, and nothing helped. Eventually, having figured out which nerve was most likely the cause, and following an unsuccessful attempt by another surgeon to decompress the suspected nerve, the pain was constant and only a substantial daily dose of codeine relieved it.
Researching on line and following trails of information finally led us to you. The most amazing thing was your immediate comprehension of the problem and your willingness to try to track down the exact site of the nerve compression and attempt a surgical procedure to correct it. You suspected that the nerve was caught at the site of a 30 year old fracture of the tibia that had gradually built up scar tissue that trapped the nerve. To relieve the pain in my toes I needed surgery above the fracture site on my calf. Then, when the surgery was only partially successful, it became clear that an adjacent nerve was also trapped in the same area. You immediately scheduled a second surgery three weeks later to complete the job and relieve my pain.
Now, at the six week mark, I am off the codeine and relieved of all its nasty side effects. Last week, as you predicted, I returned to my favorite activity, sailing, and was jumping around the boat barefoot doing my usual tasks. Today I rode my bike for the first time in months. I still have some prickly sensation in the toes, especially at night, but it is quite bearable. Since it is gradually subsiding, I expect to be completely free of pain in the not too distant future.
I am 68 years young, and now feel that I have many years of productive activity ahead of me. I had almost lost hope that I could travel or commit myself to accept volunteer or family responsibilities since I never knew when I would be in severe pain or heavily drugged, or incapacitated for days at a time. As so many of your patients seem to say, I have my life back thanks to you.
Opera Singer Regains Ability to Walk on Stage
Agueda Herrero, Barcelona, Spain, December 2006
Dear Dr Dellon,
I hope you remember me. I am the Doctor from Spain that you operated on one year ago. At that time I was unable to walk without pain and numbness in my leg due to a previous injury. My pain had been with me for years and getting worse. Your surgery has been completely successful. There are no longer the skin color changes in my foot and no swelling. The pain is gone.
You decompressed two nerves in my lower leg and gave the muscles room to grow again. Now I can do my usual work to visit patients, do my pulmonary medicine (bronchoscopy). I can walk without problems and I can dance with my wife again!!!!!!!!
When you come to Barcelona, please come and visit me.
Agueda Herrero, MD
Pulmonary Medicine Specialist
Three Teenagers, Each with a Paralyzed Leg
Susan Brown(Anna's Mother), La Jolla, CA, September 2005
Dear Dr Dellon:
Anna and I wanted to give you a follow-up report on how her right foot is doing following your surgery three years ago. At that time she stopped competitive figure skating because of the pain in the dorsum (top) of her right foot. This hurt particularly with take offs and landings during her jumps. She had seen many doctors as she was competing at the level of the national team. There were no stress fractures, and she had tried all types of skates. You diagnosed an entrapment a nerve on the top of her foot, beneath a tendon and crossing a bone. This is compression of the deep peroneal nerve, a condition you first described. Wel......
All is well, Anna's foot is great. She is finishing her last year in college in Colorado, and well, missed skating so much she is training and doing triple jumps again. She will be going to qualifying competitions. She loves the competition so, and can now look at it somehow with new eyes!!! The foot is as if nothing had ever happened to it....
Again Thank you...
La Jolla, CA
Foot Drop CPN
Grisha & Gregg Phillips, New York, October 2004
Dear Dr. Dellon:
About a year ago my son Gregg was suffering from Tarsal Tunnel syndrome. His case was rather severe and when we would travel, he found it necessary to have a wheelchair. He was constantly in pain and could not walk any distance without some assistance. One day, I picked up a copy of USA Today which featured and article on Podiatry. I guess it was meant to be. Fortunately this article lead us to you. It is obvious why you have such a wonderful reputation in your field. Gregg had been suffereing a few years, seen many different doctors, all with various diagnosis and suggestions. Nothing seemed to help him. The doctors were not terribly encouraging. Up until seeing you, we had almost given up hope of ever finding a successful solution. We were most encouraged by your understanding and grasp of the problem. You instilled confidence and we decided to follow through with your advice and have surgery to correct the problem. Here it is a year later and Gregg is pain free. It is so wonderful to know that he can now plan to go places and do things with his family, and not have to worry about his feet hurting him.
I might also add that both Lisa and Rita in your office were wonderful and extremely helpful. Everything was handled in a very professional manner. The services were very much appreciated. We hope this letter is an inspiration to others who might be contemplating similar surgery with you.
Gregg joins me in thanking you again for everything. Best regards to you and your competent staff.
Grisha S. Phillips
Gregg Phillips (Syracuse, New York)
CAUSALGIA After Procedure
CAUSALGIA and Compression of CPN
Foot Drop Pre op # 1
Foot Drop Post op # 1
RSD Foot Pre-op #2
RSD Foot Pre-op #2A
RSD Foot Post op #2B