Deion Sanders Foot Surgery: Exploring the Challenges and Possible Amputation
“I have no feeling in the bottom of my foot at all,” said the NFL Hall of Fame coach from Colorado. His left big toe and second toe had to be cut off after he got blood clots after regular surgery.
The new boss of the Colorado Buffaloes football team, Deion Sanders, may have to have his left foot cut off because blood flow problems keep coming back.
The NFL Hall of Famer had his left big toe and second toe cut off in 2021 because of blood clots that formed after a normal surgery. He kept a record of a meeting with his doctors where they told him how serious his situation was.
Sanders said that the same foot has been hurting and going numb.
Sanders, who is 55, said, “The bottom of my foot doesn’t feel anything at all.” “I just want to know what we could do this summer because I want to do it. I won’t have time to do it once we get going.”
“You just need to be aware of the risks. Things can go wrong, vascular surgeon Donald Jacobs told Sanders on Thee Pregame, adding that “he could lose the foot.”
Max Wohlauer, another vascular surgeon, then said that Sanders’ lower leg blood pressure used to be the same as his arm blood pressure, but it is now only about two-thirds of Sanders’ arm blood pressure.
Wohlauer said, “So those arteries have closed.”
Sanders later shared the video on Instagram with a message to his fans about how to stay positive when things are hard. It’s not clear if he will have the amputation surgery, but he promised his social media fans that he would keep them up to date on his health journey.
“As you know, I’ve had some health problems with my foot, but I’ve never asked “WHY ME?”—I just keep moving forward and getting better,” he wrote. “See, you never know what someone else is going through while I sit in your place of judgment, but you can trust and believe that we are all going through something. Just keep the faith and know that if He brought you to it, He will bring you through it. I’m CoachPrime, and I was made for this. #Coach Prime.”
Sanders first said that he had lost his left big toe and second toe the previous fall in March 2022.
Sanders had surgery to fix a dislocated toe and an inflamed nerve. A few weeks later, he went through a stressful event. A few weeks after the surgery, the two toes started to turn black.
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The former player was found to have three life-threatening blood clots in his femoral artery, and he also had compartment syndrome, which caused his leg to have more pressure and less blood flow.
Sanders said at the time, “They were talking about cutting off toes.” “Then they started to talk about cutting off my leg below the knee. Then, they tried to make sure I lived.”
“Because of the clots, his leg, lower leg, and foot weren’t getting enough blood flow, and his calf muscle swelled up,” said Dr. Steven Sheskier, an orthopedic surgeon at NYU Langone Health who specializes in foot and ankle surgery. “The fascia, which covers the muscle, got very tight, which caused the muscle, veins, and artery to get crushed. So that’s why he hurt so much.”
Sanders’ doctors had to do a treatment called a fasciotomy, which involves cutting the tissue that surrounds the muscle. This relieves swelling and pressure by letting the muscle stretch out. This cut down on the long-term damage to his body.
“They were able to save his leg in the end, but the lack of blood flow to his second and first toes caused gangrene,” Sheskier said. “It is more likely than not that the toes did die. So they cut off those toes and used skin grafts to close the wound.