I have had two sets of operations by two different podiatrists...each made me worse than before.
This has destroyed my life...if you are considering foot surgery know that the "worst case" stuff you sign off for on the consent forms can and does happen often. ..much more than they would ever admit to because after all they have to make money. I wish I had never had surgery or had listened to the MDs who said avoid surgery. But I didn't...I trusted the podiatrists that said they could make things better and said they'd recommended the ops even if it was their own children...that's how confident these butchers were. Did I agree to the ops? Yes...but ironically what I agreed to wasn't done so I feel betrayed. No lawyer will help either because they say the laws are too restrictive regarding foot surgery and there isn't enough money in it for them...at least they were honest.
Well now I am out thousands of dollars, out of work, and depressed to a depth most cannot imagine...thanks to these guys...
My warning to all of you considering foot surgery...don't unless you simply cannot walk...my pain is much, much, much worse than before and my function is very, very bad.
Avoid podiatrists like the plague unles you are willing to risk your life being destroyed. And to any of you that will defend them or slam me...unless you have had this happen to you personally your words mean nothing.
Podiatrists ruined my life...fact.
Good luck if you risk your future with one of them.
Good morning---sorry this happened to you. I was one of the lucky ones. Saw the same podiatrist for routine care for 20 years. After suffering multiple injuries last spring, one being my ankle and one being my back, I aquired a horrible pinch in the sole of my foot. After 2 injections he told me I needed surgery for Tarsal Tunnel. At the insistance of my PCP and spine specialist I got a second opinion adn an EMG> Do not have Tarsal Tunnel and was told if I had the surgery there was a big chance it could make the pain worse. I didn't have it. Still pain off and on but it is easing up. Glad I got that second opinion. Was told with the feet that most of the time scar tissue builds up rapidly and causes more pain. What type of surgery did you have?
I'm so sorry you had a problem and it didn't improve with surgery. I have had 8 surgeries on my foot in the last 3 1/2 years. the first 2 were with an ortho dr. After the 2nd surgery he wanted to amputate. thank heavens my infectious disease doc asked me to go see a pod that she thought very highly of. I did, and yes, I've had a lot of surgeries. My last surgery was 11 days in the hospital and being bed ridden for quite a few months. I didn't think it would ever get better, and I was put on disability. All I can say is that the problems I had after the surgeries was my own body being really bad. there was no way anyone could have know that I would have such problems. Every day I get up and tell myself that when the pain gets too bad I will take one step more than take it easy. I have slowly (months and months) got to the point where I can be up and around for about an hr before I have to give up. i don't think I will every win dancing witht the stars, but at least now I can take care of myself. I know it's hard, but on the days when I felt as if my life was over, I jumped on this board, and everyone made me feel as if my feeling were real and they gave me the good advice to hang in there. Don't give up and figure if today you can stand a few minutes, then maybe by next week you will have another couple of minutes that you can get around. We are here for you
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I am so sorry that you've had such a difficult time with your foot surgeries, its is very unfortunate.
I worked for years as a paralegal for a large malpractice firm in the northeast, and the attorney I worked for handled many botched bunion surgeries and successfully settled several during my time with the firm. Malpractice cases of any kind, including foot surgeries, are tricky because an independent medical expert must confirm that there is merit to the claim, i.e. they must sign a "writ of merit" which indicates that an actual mistake was made....and unfortunately, complications after surgery are not always due to mistakes - they are often risks which come with the territory. (My background in this made my decision to move forward with surgery all the more difficult, but I eventually decided for myself, that it was time to take steps to correct my problems, and I personally am glad that I did).
Perhaps a visit with an orthapedic surgeon would offer new perspective?
I hope that you can find help with your feelings of depression, it is important to treat these feelings as seriously as any disease or injury....they are real and can cause more damage and pain than your feet! Don't hesitate to talk to a doctor about those feelings...any doctor...they will hopefully be able to point your toward assistance if they cannot offer any themselves. If that is not an option, perhaps a local counseling agency or non-profit can offer some needed aide.
I hope that things improve for you...to anyone new to the boards and contemplating surgery, please read a variety a posts, you will find that all of us have had different experiences....and ALWAYS base any decisions you make for yourself on your own expectations, doctor's advice, ability to take time to heal (you need a lot of this!), and what you feel is best for you.
I'm also sorry about your situation. Unfortunately, they call the guy who graduates last in his class from medical/podiatry school "doctor." They aren't all properly qualified and it is somewhat difficult for us as consumers to check them out.
Anytime someone I know needs foot surgery, I tell them to call the nearest pro football or basketball team or major college athletic department and find out who they use. I promise you, these won't be hacks. The people at that level don't let just anyone operate on their athletes. I've had two foot surgeries (a cheilectomy and a neurectomy), both by a world known sports med ortho here in Birmingham who has operated on many pro athletes. I checked him out from stem to stern. And I had perfect outcomes both times.
My sympathies to you.
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Hi - I have read your post with great sympathy and can understand how angry you are. I had a bunion surgery in December on the National Health in the UK. I had already had one done years ago and considered this routine stuff and expected to be back teaching in January. This was done by a senior consultant and although I found him rude and arogant, I thought that as long as he does the job, I don't have to like him.
By February I was still in a lot of pain and was convinced that something was wrong. The consultant discharged me and said everything was fine. I saw a private orthopedic surgeon who had treated my neuroma and he said the x-rays show several problems. He is operating next month to remove the hardware, release a ligament which it appears was not done, and to generally have a good look at what has been done and do his best to correct it (like shortening the bone to reduce the pressure in the joint). I am furious that I am having to pay for this which I consider to be corrective work. I didn't create this problem and clearly I am not imagining it. I am seriously considering taking action.
My saving grace is the private surgeon who is performing the corrective surgery. I have known him for 10 years and he was heaven sent at a difficult time in my life. I had been in two serious car accidents and my life was in ruins with shoulder and neck pain that lost me my job. No-one had been able to diagnose the problems, let alone attempt to put them right until I found him. Thanks to him I returned to work fours years ago and am now a deputy head (I think you say vice principal in the states). So, I have a lot of faith in this guy. I just wish I had gone to him in the first place!
I understand the way you feel - your frustration and dispair. I was in that place several years ago when I was being told I would never work again. I can only wish that you stumble upon someone like I did. Good Luck.
I don't think that anybody could understand how foot pain/disability impacts every waking moment of our lives. Nobody could see your pain, either physically or emotionally.
I too was outright lied to by a podiatrist who told me the procedure had a 90% success rate. Later, in the Operative Report, he said something completely different. HE got angry at ME for the failed surgery.
Do you have copies of your Operative Reports? It is a good idea to have them. Also, I believe you have the right to request a copy of your entire medical report, which details each visit, discussion etc. Have you checked out footlaw lawyers? They are pods who now sue pods.
We are here to lend you an ear or any advise we can.
You do have a right to copies of ALL medical records - full and complete. They must be turned over to you within a reasonable amount of time...each state has different laws. They are allowed to charge a fee, usually limited by state law, so again you should check your state statute before paying for them. (My years as a med-mal paralegal taught me that many doctors/hospitals will attempt to charge more than legally allowed.)
Having the records may assist you in obtaining legal help. The first step all medmal attorneys take in pursuing a potential case is to request all records and investigate. If you already have that leg work done, you will save them from spending the money and manpower and may make them more willing to review your case.
My Podiatrist messed me up big time last June. All I needed was a chelictomy and a spur removed and WOW!!!! Now 2 1/2 weeks ago I had to have a complete fusion. That Dr messed me all up. I never had any relief after the chelictomy. I was actually worse. And the Dr thought I was "NUTS" I said finally "Im not making up swelling" I have pain daily and suffer every step I take. He had me go throught PT that made things worse, had me get an MRI, That cost 1,000 and all it took was a simple x ray to show bone on bone. My dad kept telling me this guy's a quack. I said he's trying everything to help. Then I woke up and knew he was giving me the run around for sure. he was milking my wallet and didn't even know what to do. He even thought I should see another Dr in his office to see what he thought he should do. he said you still have good motion. I said but Im bone on bone. So what if I have movement. Im in pain daily and cant even walk. Some of these Dr's are totally in the dark. They shouldn't be Dr's. Well finally I got my reports and X rays and found out he totally cut all my cartlidge in the trash. Or should I say he sent it in a container to the patholgy. The report said boney fragments in the contained and cartiledge. When I read it I said no wonder Im bone on bone. The X ray one month before my surgery showed a ton of cartiledge. So Im sure after the surgery it didn't just crumble away. That's my story and I wish you the best of luck. I wouldnt ever give up on trying to find a lawyer to help you.
First I would like to say sorry for your pain. I am 33 yrs old and have had my 3rd operation. I had a bunion removed, then I had that corrected and a few other things done, (march 06). NOw 1 week ago i had a fusion. I am a marathon runner and a mountain biker. This was a difficult decision.
I was in pain for 3 years. went through one year of pt didn't help, had my second operation, was in more pain, went through pt and pain therapy.
Finally I found a private podiatrist who has fused my toe joint. I had no other choice if i didnt want pain anymore. I want to do my sports again, which he said with proper shoes it shouldn't be a problem. To be pain free is my first goal.
I was also angry, and in pain from the moment i got out of bed. If I tried to be strong i would bike anyway and pop some pain pills at night. Instead of suffering with my problem and making it more of a problem i did something about it. The way you are continuing is not going to make you feel better or fix your problem is it? Maybe you need to manage your problem and stop dwelling on it! Being angry with doctors is not very healthy to yourself, nor will it bring you any further than you are. It seems the angrier you get the more depressed you get. Do you want that? A fusion is very extream , but so is the way you are acting!! I don't want to sound cold but come on, think of people who have a chronic illness, who should they be mad at?
I agree 100% with you! I have gone through a simular situation. Had multiple major surgeries and this past Dec. had a sesamoid bone removed by a podiatrist I thought I could trust in attempt to relieve pain and not go through a fusion at this point. Well my foot is worse now than before. Seriously worse. Yes, I was angry but what good will that do me in the long run. Ill just stay stuck and nothing will ever get done when its time. This fusion was on your big toe, right? Was it a painful operation? How long do you have to stay off that foot? Best wishes for a great recovery.
Hi Debbie, I am so sorry to hear about your situation. I have to admit that I can still wear shoes, but Im very limited as to what kind. Do you have to wear a slipper or just a sock when you go outside? How long has it been since your surgery? No one knows what pain is until they have lived with foot pain. Especially after youve have surgery and it doesnt work out as well as you thought it would. We cant have a foot transplant although it would be nice. I get very discouraged at times when I am reminded of my situation with every step I take, however, for me it sometimes helps to thank God that I have legs and can still walk. (not ignoring the pain and suffering though). Is there anything else the Drs can do to help straighten your toe? God bless!