Wife and I went to basketball game. No more numb feet for me. More than 20 years since you operated on my compressed nerves. I am still a diabetic but no longer have those foot pains. Thanks again Dr. Dellon. N & A
My wife Nan and I are enjoying a vacation in the Caribbean. It is a year since you operated on my feet for neuropathy and nerve compressions. AND, I CAN FEEL THE SHIP DECK UNDER MY FEET. Next stop Dominican Republic!. Thanks Dr. Dellon. AG
Look Dr. Dellon, I am back hunting! Thanks for bringing my painful & diabetic foot back to life by nerve decompression 8 months ago. PR in Ak
10 years since I could feel my foot due to diabetic neuropathy. 1 day since Dr. Dellon released my nerves.
It is two years since the surgery done at the Dellon Institute in Baltimore to decompress nerves that were compressed because the diabetes made the nerves more likely to be compressed. Now fully recovered from nerve decompression surgery in both legs, John Cheadle couldn’t be happier. “There is really no adequate way of telling people what constant pain is like,” he says. “That’s gone.” He pauses to search for words, and then declares: “It’s just joyous not having to deal with that pain all the time. I can enjoy life in the way a person really should.”
16 years since you operated on both legs and both arms. I am still a diabetic. was in a wheelchair. Now, no more symptoms. AM
After 10 years of worsening neuropathy pain & loss of function, I can bike again with my wife. Decompression surgery helped me a lot. EW
11 years since nerve releases in my feet. Still diabetic but neuropathy isn’t bothering me. Here I’m on an archeology dig in Wyoming this past year. I am the one with cap with the American flag on it.
Me at play. 16 years since you release the nerves in my feet for chemotherapy-induced neuropathy.
Tx Dr Dellon. LJ in Md.
Eleven years since you did the nerve decompressions on my feet. I am still a diabetic but the neuropathy is not bothering me. Here I am on Safari in Tanzania this past year. Thank you so much Dr Dellon. Scott N., Wyoming.
Dear Dr Dellon, (wed morning January 1st, 2014)
It has been my happiness in knowing you; in the discovery of the work you have been doing, helping other persons to free them of pain, increase ability to function and live, through your discoveries and contributions in the area of peripheral neuropathies and finding new solutions for pathologies and physical problems regarding nerves.
It has seemed to me that your work in this field is a major contribution to medicine in our time, in this century.
Vicki, the Nurse, Aberdeen, Maryland
One year after you released nerves in my second foot, you can see me here dancing with my husband. My neuropathy pain is gone and sensation has returned. Thanks Dr Dellon, Kathy
Sue, a woman suffering from neuroptahy, laughs as her husband gives her the "test tickle" the day following surgery. Sensation was restored after she had a Dellon Triple release procedure by Dr Dellon in Henderson, Nevada
Ticklish sensation recovered week after surgery in type I diabetic following nerve decompression in feet by Dr Dellon.
Marti and Kent walk down the aisle together. Marti now has had sensation restored to both of her feet. Her neuropathy was caused by chemotherapy. She was able to dance at her wedding following the nerve decompression surgeries on her legs by A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD.
Pain relieved and sensation recovered after nerve decompressions in foot and leg.
Golfer wins club Senior Championship after Dr Dellon restores sensation and balance to her feet. She has neuropathy.
Middle aged woman with diabetic peripheral neuropathy was told that there was nothing that could be done for her to relieve her pain and help restore sensation to her feet. She was diagnosed with nerve compressions of the proximal tibial nerve in the calf and common peroneal nerve at the knee. She has had excellent improvement in both her pain and her feeling in the left leg after nerve decompression surgery by Dr. Eric Williams.
Middle aged woman with Type 2 diabetes on an insulin pump was told that there was nothing that could be done for her diabetic peripheral neuropathy which was causing numbness and pain in her feet. She was diagnosed with tarsal tunnel syndrome and underwent a tarsal tunnel release by Dr. Williams. She has had good restoration of sensation and relief of pain. She can now even feel the hole in the bottom of the sock that she could not feel on the other foot! This will surely help prevent diabetic ulcers in the future and give her better balance to prevent falls.
After Dr Dellon's surgery to relieve nerve compressins in both of my feet, and my hips/thighs, my neuropathy symptoms have dramatically improved. I had been in unbearable pain, but Dr Dellon's surgery enabled me to lead a normal pain free life, which I did not believe was ever possible. In fact, the attached family photo of a recent visit to our historic Mormon Temple would not have been possible without Dr Dellon's amazing skill! He has restored my entire quality of life!
ChemotherapyBreast Cancer Survivor with Neuropathy relieves pain and recovers sensation in her foot.
Women with neuropathy recovers sensation shortly after nerve decompressions in the tarsal tunnel region of her ankle. Dr Dellon's surgery causes her to laugh intensely when her foot is tickled.
~Deborah B from New Jersey
Sensation still present in hands and feet ten years after nerve decompression in a patient with diabetes.
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Golfer Disabled by Neuropathy Plays Golf Again
Hello Dr. Dellon,
As promised, here is a current photo of me on my elliptical machine. Before the summer 2006 and summer 2007 surgeries I had pain in the right foot and numbness in the left and was facing a severe curtailment of my rigorous exercise program.
Your diagnosis pinpointed an underlying neuropathy missed by others. Following the 2006 surgery on the right foot and lower leg I regained significant function and relief of pain.
The 2007 procedure on left foot further improved my situation. Now as long as I wear very soft-soled shoes I can walk all I want--and even use the elliptical machine--without any pain.
I do feel stiffness in both feet in the morning on first awakening, but that immediately goes away once I move around. Although I have not developed diabetes (probably because of persistent exercise and careful attention to healthful eating), I now realize I have an underlying metabolic problem that will probably lead to further neuropathy in the future.
Knowing your procedure is available makes that knowledge far easier to handle.Thank you.
Bilateral Tarsel Tunnel
Audrey Jacks, New Orleans, LA , September 2005
Dear Dr Dellon,
It has now been 8 months since you did the surgery that took the pressure off the nerves in my left foot. It was three years since that painful neuropathy began. My feet were even starting to turn colors. It was worse with walking, which caused terrific pain. No one knew the cause of my neuropathy. You found that there were three different places in my leg where my nerves were compressed.
I have to tell you that I am truly getting better. So much so that I really don't think I will need to have the other foot done, which is hard to understand. It is not 100% yet, but it so much better than before. I'm able to walk quite a lot now without pain. I bouth an elliptical machine and am using it very gently.
Here is a picture of me on my machine excercising at home.
Guess you are busy as before. Are you still teaching? Tell Lisa, Rita, and Gina, the girls in your office hello for me. I am so grateful for all you've done for me.
Metairie, (New Orleans), La.
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JWCbb, St. Andrews, Scotland, April 2005
JWCbb copmleteing 18 holes at St. Andrew's Old Course, Scotland, three years after bilater peripheral nerve decompressions by Dr. A. Lee Dellon.
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Linda Bszotski, Pennsylvania, December 2004
Dear Dr. Dellon:
My life has changed in so many ways because of the surgery that you did. The pain in my left leg, the one that required amputation is now gone. I did not realize how much pain I was in. I had gotten used to it, but then I could no longer wear my prosthesis. Now, after surgery, I am sleeping again, enjoying eating again, and smiling again.
I have enclosed photos of me playing golf and skiing, wearing the prosthesis.
You were able to find the painful nerves, and relocate them. Words cannot express how I feel. I have my life back.
The word has to get out about peripheral nerve damage, so others with pain can be helped.
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Carolyn Little, Altavista, Virginia, December 2004
To Whom it May Concern,
I am a former patient of Dr. Dellon. He did nerve decompressions in both of my feet and both of my hands, requiring four different operations over the course of one year. My hands and feet continue now to have feeling and relief of pain. He was the frst to tell me I had a neuropathy related to what they called then "prediabetes" and now they call the Metabolic Syndrome, or hyperinsulinemia. He predicted that one day I would be told that I had diabetes, and last year, in fact, they did finally make that diagnosis.
I frst saw him in 1994, the first of many visits. And the first of many surgeries. Surgeries which saved me years of pain and diabetes in my arms and hands. I owe him so much. He gave me hope and a diagnosis when Doctors in Virginia did nothing.
I will never forget him and I constantly tell others about him. Not only about his abilities in the operating room but also of his caring and wonderful treatment of his patients. A Doctor who cares and shows it!
I owe him much, but I know that there is no way I can ever repay him, except to ask God to Bless him always!
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Florence Steele, September 2004
Dear Dr. Dellon:
Since the surgeries you did on both my legs and feet three years ago, I can honestly say that I seldom ever have any pain in my legs or feet due to neuropathy. I am experiencing residual pain in my calves from being on the statin, Lipitor, for so many years. As you know, I did not have diabetes, and the cause of my previous neuropathy pain remains unknown.
I recently had a chance to look up your new website, dellonipns.com and although I did not have diabetes, I found the site to be very informative. Also, I finally found the time to go to neuopathysouthwest.com, and find out about the Diabetic Neuropathy Foundation of the Southwest. I think it is a wonderful idea.
I am so very thankful that you too me as a patient and relieved me of the pain in my feet - it has been wonderful to be without pain.
My sincere thanks,
Mary Davis, Kattskill Bay, NY, September 2003
I'm not a diabetic. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after surgery in December of 1998 and went through chemotherapy from January to May of 1999. Towards the end of chemo, I began to feel tingling and numbness in my hands and feet. Upon finishing chemo, the nurses told me I'd feel "like my 'ole self" in three months.
The tingling in my hands diminished after chemo while the sensations in my feet escalated and the numbness continued. My feet felt like they were encased in socks filled with tiny glass slivers (24/7). They were hypersensitive to heat and cold. Neurontin (2400 mg/day) and elavil in the evenings "took the edge off", reducing the glass slivers to sand and gravel.
I was working full time, but by the time I got home in the evening, my feet and body were aching so much I wasn't able to continue standing to prepare dinner. I was exhasuted from the mental distraction of trying to ignore the pain as I worked through the day. I kept wondering why I wasn't feeling any better. My pain level was 9-10 on a 10 scale.
When I walked with others, I found myself unable to keep up, no matter how hard I tried. I didn't feel any better than a month after completing chemo. I had been a ski patroller for 30 years and was no longer able to perfrm on-hill/on-skis duties. At work, I was finding the tasks such as climbing a ladder or hiking through the woods were approaching impossible (due to loss of sensory/balance and motor functions), leaving me faced with becoming disable and no longer able to work. I was under treatment for depression and had lost the joy in my life.
My oncologist told me that I needed to get out and walk more (before chemo I had been faithfully walking 2 miles a day 4-5 days a week). I tried to return to walking and after a mile, found myself clinging to a telephone pole with tears in my eyes from the pain in my feet. As I took my socks off when I got home, I noticed that they were bloody and found large broken blisters on the bottoms of both feet (so numb I didn't even feel it).
While I continued to be told "there's nothing more (than medication) that can be done," I turned to the internet in search of an answer as to why not. That's where I found Dr. Dellon in October of 2001. After a few exchanges of email, I was in Baltimore for testing and consultation. I learned that my onset predated the research that had been done on chemo induced neuropathy and was advised that although "something could be done" it was unsure as to what extent I might shed the pain and regain sensory and motor function. The explanation of how the chemo damaged the nerves made sense to me and I figured that I had nothing to lose life wasn't worth it living as I was, so any improvement was better than how things were.
I had surgery on my right knee, ankle, and foot in January of 2002 and on the left one in May of 2002. By November I could clearly see progress. I was taking less medication AND I was no longer stumbling when I walked. By late December I realized that I had to discipline myself to not stare at the ground and analyze each step; that I could trust my feet to sense balance as I walked.
I am now (09/03) over a year out from both surgeries. Although I'm still talking medication for the pain (down to 1200-1600 mg. of neurontin daily, depending on my level of activity) and I am not up to full speed, I continue to see progress and have sufficient feeling back in my feet so I no longer stumble and trip and they don't get blistered when I walk. Most importantly, I am no longer living with severe chronic pain (now ranges from 2-5, depending on level of activity, and continues to drop) and I have returned to full duties at work along with reesuming recreational activities such as snow skiing that I love so much.
Thomas N. Zirkle, January 2004
Before the operation, my feet were in real pain. Even getting out of bed was a real problem because my feet hurt so much. Walking and standing for any amount of time was almost impossible. I could not even pivot up on my toes to get in my truck. I had to pull myself up and in flat footed.
I had tried every orthotic including some that cost two and three hundred dollars. I think they only shift the pain from one area to another and do not do anything to relieve the pain. Other doctors were telling me that foot alignment was the problem when the nerves in my feet were dying.
Pain medications including Neurontin (which is most doctors favorite) only numb the dying nerves so that you may feel less pain.
Dr. Dellon's operation greatly increased the feeling and strength in my feet. The feeling has increases and pain has been reduced. The strength has increased until I can now stand on my tip toes without problems. Getting in the truck is no longer a problem. My stability has improved until I am no longer tripping over objects on the floor. I am able to walk through the house barefooted. As a matter of fact, barefooted is when my feet feel best. I am now able to enjoy hunting and fishing trips without pain!
There are five things I think will help diabetics with foot neuropathy. One, stop pain medications. Two, quit all statin cholesterol medication (get zieta which works in the stomach). Three, get correct and loose fitting shoes. Four, maintain absolute control of your blood glucose level (a 5.7 a1c level). And last, and most important of all, get this operation to increase the blood flow and restore the feeling and strength in your feet.
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