I had a midfoot fusion done oct 06 and found out a week ago only half of it fused. They now want to do the surgery again and use bone stimulators .I am still undecided because they first time it was very painful and I had some complications arise. Mine did not break , but I have four screws in my foot that are moving enough that they will break eventually so if I don't opt for the surgery again I will still have to have them removed. I have nerve damage in my foot and am in a great deal of pain for the most part . It is just a really difficult decision for me to make. Do they want to redo your fusion as well?
Yes Deb they are going to do the whole thing again...we do not have the cat scan thing here, talking to a medical guy who I know about the cat scan, he seems to think we do not have this procedure in the UK because there is'nt the amount of litigation here, it seems they can tell with an xray but in the States if it fails the Doc get sued, I think if I had to pay a lot of dollers I would sue as well.
A clarification for you (I hope you don't mind, Debbie). CAT scan is the old name and it means "computed axial tomography" scan. It is referred to today as CT scan or "computerized tomography" and is a 3D radiograph (Xray) of a part of the body. Just as you have MRI's available in the UK, you also have CT scans available in the UK. They are usually in hospitals (more are available in other settings in the US) and are more expensive so reserved for more complicated problems. IMO, the non union of the MTPJ fusion is a big deal BUT if it is clearly visible on plain xray then a CT scan would not necessarily be helpful in this situation. I hope this helps, Sophie
It's not the pedalling, It may be because I push off rather heavily with my left foot, mostly with the front of my foot so my toes get all the action, the Docs here don't seem to agree with using an expensive cat scan when they say an xray will do.I am going to my middle sons engagment party on Saturday and I think I will have to go in sandles.