Foot Drop/Peroneal Palsy

We got married! I am standing on a healthy tibial nerve. Tx Dr Dellon Mrs EP

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It is 8 years since you fixed my peroneal palsy, Dr. Dellon. Now I’m on the UNC swim team!! Tx. KM

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Two years since surgery. One wife. One child. Leg works great. Thank you Dr. Dellon. GS.

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Here I am walking! It is 15 years after you put in the nerve graft and tendon transfers to correct my ruptured common peroneal nerve at the knee. You remember I injured the bone there in a fall playing tennis. I came from Bangaladesh to see you. My leg/foot is still working well. Can you tell which side you operated on ? Thanks again Dr Dellon.

 

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Thanks for helping my paralyzed foot work again Dr. Dellon

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“I feel like I can do this again soon since you worked on my paralyzed leg” LW


Ten months after you reconstructed the nerves and tendons to my left foot, Dr Dellon. here I am walking on stilts, kayaking and shooting baskets with my sister. Thanks so much. MJ from Alabama

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I have begun to run again, one mile this week. Starting basketball soon. You did a great job fixing my foot Dr Dellon. MJ from Alabama

 

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.

ML

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I have Charcot Marie Tooth Disease, AND I had nerve entrapments in my legs that made all my symptoms worse: Dr Dellon released the nerve entrapments in both my legs two years ago. I still have CMT , but now I no longer have the symptoms related to the nerve entrapments!!!

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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.

 


 

I had a surgery just one year ago that truly changed my life. My father crossed paths, by chance, with a man by the name of Lee Dellon, my personal superman. He has done years and years of research perfecting this amazing operation. He performed, what I would consider a miracle. Because of the weakening of my nerves I have lostmost of the feeling in the bottom of my feet making it harder to walk and nearly impossible to tell when I have sustained an injury. Dr. Dellon was able to, in some amazing way, revitalize a number of these nerves in my feet. I am now able to tell the difference between hot and cold surfaces and I notice when I have stepped on something sharp or of danger. The significance of this in my life is too immense for words, and I am infinitely grateful.

KW from N

 


 

Not paralyzed anymore. Watch my toes lift up and down. Thanks Dr Dellon.

KH, Baltimore


Back to teaching zumba and weight training. You got my paralyzed foot to work again.

Tx Dr Dellon. CD,Zumba


 

Before Surgery

Patient has a foot drop or paralyzed right foot due to a compression of the common peroneal nerve at the fibular head.  This video demonstrates how she cannot move the foot upward or outward due to the loss of muscle function from this nerve compression.

Operation peformed by Dr. Eric Williams

After Surgery

This patient had surgery one week ago on the common peroneal nerve for a foot drop.  She had evidence for compression of the common peroneal nerve at the fibular head at the outside of her knee.  She has had incredible response to surgery after a very short period of time.    Within one week, this patient has had dramatic improvement in the strength of her foot as seen in the ability to raise the foot or dorsiflex the foot and to eat for the foot sideways.

Operation peformed by Dr. Eric Williams


This patient had a partial foot drop from an injury to the common peroneal nerve as well as loss of function to the sole of his foot and weakness in toe flexion due to a compression of the tibial nerve in the calf.  He underwent a decompression of the common peroneal nerve as well as the proximal tibial nerve.  3 months after surgery, the patient notices substantial improvement in function not only the common peroneal nerve going to the top of his foot and allowing him to raise his foot and move it laterally, but also he has had substantial improvement in the sensation of the sole of his foot and the function of his toe flexor muscles.

Operation peformed by Dr. Eric Williams


 

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Look at my foot lift up behind that lion. That is me on Safari 6 months after you operated on me. Ann R


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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


Hi Dr. Dellon!

It's Katie M, you operated on me about four years ago when my leg was paralyzed. I will never be able to thank you enough for fixing my leg. Without you, I would probably still be on crutches, and I wouldn't be able to accomplish as much as I have. I played varsity tennis all four years of high school, and was first singles this year. I've qualified for YMCA Nationals for swimming since freshman year, placing 17th in the country in the 50 fly and I hold our swim team's record for the 50 free. I am a YMCA All-American for swimming as well. I know you recently talked to my mom, and I would love for you to read my college essay about my leg and the surgery. Sorry I wasn't able to send it earlier, we haven't had power due to the hurricane. I can't emphasize how much you impacted my life, and I'm so grateful we were able to find you. Thank you so much for everything.

Sincerely,
Katie M


Careening down the Super G racecourse at Gore Mountain in a tight tuck, I am going faster than ever before. My skis are on edge, chattering on the snow, when suddenly they skid and I am flying, tumbling through the air head over heels. I land with a thud and sharp shooting pain. While being carried down the mountain on a sled by the ski patrol, I have time to think. I am representing the New Jersey State Ski Team, skiing against kids from all over the northeast. While looking up at the clouds, I think how playing sports is a big part of my life. I love the competition, the quest for excellence, and, most of all, the friends that I make. I hope that my season is not over.

It turns out that I don't have to worry about my season being over, but whether or not I will ever play sports again. Because of the crash, my leg is paralyzed from the knee down and I am unable to walk without crutches. After months of doctors, tests, and way too many needles, I still don't know what's wrong.

It would be easy to give up hope, but for some reason I never do. I turn crutching into an Olympic sport, seeing how fast I can go and how many stairs I can leap. I decorate my crutches to match the seasons and my graduation dress. Using crutches or just hopping around on one leg, I am determined to try everything I can despite my injury. With difficulty and a push from dad (reminding me of when I first learned), I ride my bike. With my friend's help, I try surfing. Although I mostly just sit on the board, I do catch a few waves. With encouragement from my coach, I compete on my summer swim team. One of my happiest moments is using crutches to get to the pool edge, then hopping in and swimming with one leg all the way to third place, my family cheering from the sidelines. I start to understand why I never lose hope. My family and friends support me as much as my crutches; they won't let me fall.

I learned that my injury wouldn't stop my life, just change its course a little. I am proud of myself for continuing on, and never getting down. I could end the story here, but it has a different ending. We find a world-renowned surgeon that will perform reconstructive nerve surgery, and he successfully restores feeling and movement to my leg. While still on the operating table, woozy from the anesthesia, the surgeon asked me to wiggle my toe, and I could. I still needed months of physical therapy to regain my leg strength and mobility, but after the ordeal I had been through, that was nothing. Starting my freshman tennis season on crutches, I eventually play second doubles and we win the County Championships. In high school swimming, I am named MVP. Later in the year, my biggest accomplishment comes when I qualify for the YMCA Swimming National Championships. After not being able to walk for nine months, I worked my heart out to achieve even more than I could have dreamed.

Luckily for me, my story has a happy ending. However, I like to think that even if the surgery had not been successful, my life would be just as fulfilling as it is right now.


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Katie's recovery from her snow skiing injury 4 years ago, in which her leg became paralyzed, is due to your brilliant surgery. This brings tears to our eyes. She is playing here for her High School's Tennis Championship. We are forever grateful to you Dr Dellon.


Surgery by Dr. Eric Williams

Patient is 2.5 months from decompression of the common peroneal nerve, superficial peroneal nerve, and deep peroneal nerve on the left for foot for severe burning pain from the knee to the top of the foot. She has had an excellent result.

 


 My foot is feeling so much better I am back to skating regularly again and even landed a double axel today!
                        




Jackie Swick wins first place on Balance Beam event after nerve releases at knee and leg by Dr Dellon 4 months ago.

Surgery by Dr Eric H. Williams, Baltimore, MD

Patient is 6 weeks from a decompression of the common peroneal nerve and the proximal tibial nerve in the left leg to try to help her recover function after a sciatic nerve injury associcated with a very complex hip replacement. The common peroneal nerve has improved to allow her to begin to pick her foot up, and the tibial nerve has already helped the sensation in the sole of the foot as well as the pain in the sole of the foot. A tendon transfer was also performed to help lift her great toe to a neutral position so she will not trip on it.

                              



 

Dancing with Dad, like Dancing with the Stars, after Dr Dellon stopped 3 years of pain & paralysis in my foot.

Sara P, NJ






 


Champion young gymnast returns to practice after nerve releases in her leg by Dr Dellon.



Able to do this "water boarding" 5 months after you helped my painful foot.

Great therapy. Thanks Dr. Dellon.









 

High school senior able to run on relay team after peroneal palsy and foot pain reversed by Dr Dellon's surgery.








Her left foot and leg no longer paralyzed, Sara will walk to her High School Senior classes.   
                  


                


                


Surgery by Dr Eric H. William, Baltimore, MD

Patient with left sided foot drop is seen prior to surgery with virtually no ability to raise the foot or move it outward.

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Patient has been in the recovery room for only 15 minutes after a decompression of the common peroneal nerve at the side of the knee. She already has improvement in the ability to raise her foot and move it outward.

Dr Williams' patient 15 minutes after surgery

              


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Denise Smathers, Tiffin, Ohio, June 19, 2006

For over two years, I struggled with pain, numbness and progressive weakness in my right foot, ankle and leg. I saw specialist after specialist and had numerous tests: MRI's, X-RAYS, EMG's... I finally found an Orthopedic surgeon at The Cleveland Clinic who discovered that I had a tumor on the nerve that controls my walking, the common peroneal nerve. He tried twice with surgery and did remove the tumor, but my symptoms came back each time. By March of 2006, I couldn't lift my right toes off the ground and was tripping and falling more and more. My surgeon knew of a doctor who dealt just with nerve-related problems: Dr. A. Lee Dellon. I flew to Baltimore, met Dr. Dellon and had surgery on April 20. Amazingly, when I awoke from the one and one-half hour operation, I could already move my foot and wiggle my toes freely! Since that day, I haven't tripped even once. My recovery has been smooth and quick, and my foot and ankle feel stronger each day. I still can't quite believe it's real, and I find myself kicking off my shoe and flexing my toes several times a day, just to make sure they work! I will be forever grateful to Dr. Dellon and his wonderful staff for the excellent care I received.

Thank you Dr. Dellon!


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Foot Drop - Surgery by Dr Eric H. Williams, Baltimore, MD

Patient one week after decompression of the common peroneal nerve for a one year history of foot drop. She already has improvement with walking, strength in her ability to move her ankle, the feeling on the top of the foot.

                             


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