Re: 1 year post fusion today
Thank you. I have been following your situation. I can't believe that your insurance company said it is cosmetic. I was fortunate and had no problems with my insurance.
I had three surgeries. The first two were done with a podiatrist. The last surgery (the fusion) was done with an ortho who specializes in feet and ankles. I had utmost confidence in my podiatrist; however, he did not want to fuse my joint. He said I was too young (29 at age of first surgery; 30 for second, and 33 for third). He still wanted to try another procedure and if that didn't work, then he would fuse. I was not not in a place to have a third surgery knowing that I would most likely have to have a fourth.
Becuase of my previous surgeries, I had to have a bone graft with my fusion. If I hadn't had the graft, my big toe would have been even shorter than it is.
If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask. I found that this board is an excellent resource.