I'm scheduled for my first foot fusion and I've very nervous about it!
My 'saga' thus far:
I have hallux rigidus (both feet, diagnosed in approx. 1991). It had gotten more painful (AGAIN!) so I went to an orthopedic surgeon and he said he could remove the bone spurs without any problem... but that he had only done this procedure [B]1 time[/B]. (He was a general ortho - didn't specialize in feet or anything.)
So, I went to Dr. #2 - an orthopedic surgeon specializing in feet -- he said that just removing the spurs wouldn't work and that my [B]only[/B] option at this point was fusing both big toe joints. I felt he was kind of abrupt and got "bad vibes" for some reason. (He did his fellowship at Mayo/Scotsdale so I'm sure he's OK...)
THEN, I went to a 3rd doc - an orthopedic specializing in feet who confirmed that fusion was the best way to go. I LOVED this doc and he has a great reputation BUT he's 2 hours away from me and NOT on my insurance plan. I went anyway and paid $$$ out of pocket for the visit (yesterday). I thought that was important before I let anyone cut on my poor feet!
SO... how do I proceed? I tentatively scheduled surgery for 2/28/05 with doc #2 and of course will go in and talk to him before hand. How can I check out this doc to see if he's really good? How do I know he's not going to totally mess up my feet? I can deal with a little bit of 'bad bedside manner' if he's good...
ANY suggestions or advise would be most appreciated!
Thank you soooo much in advance! (Next stop is to read all the posts on how to prepare for surgery.)