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Old 05-01-2008, 06:19 AM   #16
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Re: Doctor severed my tendon during Bunion Surgery--has this happened to anyone else?

yes people make mistakes but the not so funny joke is doctors bury their mistakes.. ok so this is not a heart transplant ,,, but from my perspective, its your foot, your time off from work, out of your life.. and if people don't call these docs on their mistakes --what about the next person who walks in thier office.. it seems he was very oh well about it and not completley up front.. now you have to go through this all over again.. I would be so angry and not want to pay for the surgery in the first place. Most likely your insurance company paid but if you had to shell out any cash.. you should get that back or at least not have to pay for a surgery that he messed up.. Sorry this stuff gets me angry!

 
Old 05-01-2008, 08:47 AM   #17
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Re: Doctor severed my tendon during Bunion Surgery--has this happened to anyone else?

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I never heard of having to cut the tendon..my understanding is that the way one is walking puts pressure on the toe joint and pushes it outward thus the bunion.. once it is placed in alignment and orthotics are used to correct the way one is walking it should hold. It could be and my doc just did not get into all the details but I don't think he did . I will ask him.
The adductor hallucis tendon is usually cut in almost all bunion surgeries where the great toe is "leaning" laterally. A lot of doctors don't even mention this step as it is just part of the procedure. This muscle doesn't do anything in the foot (same muscle in the hand that pulls your thumb towards your hand) as we don't use the great toe to grab on to things anymore. This muscle becomes tight and does pull the toe laterally and it helps to straighten the toe by just cutting this tendon.
This original poster i'm guessing has a cut flexor or extensor tendon that is responsible for pulling the toe down or up and does need to be repaired.
That price for a titanium screw is rediculous if it is the ones used for bunions as the cost to the hospital is usually between 75-150/screw for titanium and the stainless steel screws are a lot less. Look where our medical dollars are going- hospitals, medical equipment companies and the pencil pushers at the insurance companies. Guess that is why medicare and a lot of insurance companies are paying doctors about 250.00 to fix a bunion these days and 20 years ago doctors were getting paid around a thousand to fix one. It's not hardly worth the time and headaches to do surgery anymore when you figure that all post op visits are included in that 250 dollar payment.

 
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Old 05-01-2008, 02:27 PM   #18
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Re: Doctor severed my tendon during Bunion Surgery--has this happened to anyone else?

good luck with your next surgery.

 
Old 05-02-2008, 06:34 AM   #19
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The adductor hallucis tendon is usually cut in almost all bunion surgeries where the great toe is "leaning" laterally. A lot of doctors don't even mention this step as it is just part of the procedure. This muscle doesn't do anything in the foot (same muscle in the hand that pulls your thumb towards your hand) as we don't use the great toe to grab on to things anymore. This muscle becomes tight and does pull the toe laterally and it helps to straighten the toe by just cutting this tendon.
This original poster i'm guessing has a cut flexor or extensor tendon that is responsible for pulling the toe down or up and does need to be repaired.
What you say makes sense but it seemed as if what littlebit was saying is that the doc said it was by accident so most likely a different tendon than the one that is supposed to be repaired.

 
Old 05-02-2008, 07:04 AM   #20
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Re: Doctor severed my tendon during Bunion Surgery--has this happened to anyone else?

I am so sorry that you will have to have another surgery. I have to agree with your father about the legal issue. There is no doubt that the dr. made an error. The good thing is that he admitted it so that would be in your favor. I'd get copies of all of your medical records from him now. You'll have them in case you do decide to go the legal route.

Good luck I hope all goes well with the next surgery.

 
Old 05-11-2008, 07:51 PM   #21
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UPDATE:
Had my second surgery with an orthopedic doctor. He said that the podiatrist messed up the repair and I was lucky the suture ruptured. If it had healed the way he repaired it I would've had more problems later on. The orthopedic doctor said he didn't think this doctor had enough training (by the looks of his work) to be doing that kind of surgery. Scary. He also said that he should've consulted another doctor for the repair and not botched my foot. I guess he didn't want to mess with a consult and be late for his vacation.

All in all, the surgery went fine but I am in a lot of pain. I have crutches and a half cast to be in for 4-6 weeks. I should've been completely healed from my bunion surgery by now. What a set back! I did call the doctor and got him on a taped phonecall admitting to his mistake and I hope the second doctor will tesify his findings of my botched surgery. Hopefully, this doctor won't do this to anyone else after this lawsuit!!!

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Old 05-11-2008, 08:45 PM   #22
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Re: Doctor severed my tendon during Bunion Surgery--has this happened to anyone else?

I'm sorry you had to do another surgery. I hope this one works, hang in there and good luck to you.

 
Old 06-23-2008, 07:46 PM   #23
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UPDATE: Well, I have my cast off from my second surgery. It has now been over 10 weeks since my bunionectomy surgery. I have alot of pain when I walk and cannot bend my big toe. There is something wrong. I should be able to almost run by now, right? Anyone have any suggestions?

 
Old 06-23-2008, 11:38 PM   #24
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Re: Doctor severed my tendon during Bunion Surgery--has this happened to anyone else?

Being so long in a cast will make your foot and toes very stiff. I'd ease back into gentle ROM and if possible go to PT. Use hot water therapy and ice. If you have scar tissue, start to massage that, because it will also help with ROM. I am 6 months postop, from an akin.austin bunionectomy and I was in alot of pain. I never wore a cast for more than 8 weeks, but, ugh, was I painfully stiff, in the big toe area. I had to go through some painful PT. It will take weeks of rehabilitation. Just wanted to tell you you're not alone. Even now, I still have aches and pains around my surgery site. Progress is slow, but we are here to root you on.........

 
Old 06-24-2008, 01:18 PM   #25
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Re: Doctor severed my tendon during Bunion Surgery--has this happened to anyone else?

I agree...the surgery itself will make your toe stiff...being in a cast for that period of time will also make your toe stiff, and your ankle/leg muscles probably atrophied a bit. Take it slow and easy...if you push too fast because you *think* you *ought* to be further along, then you might cause more problems. It is a very frustrating process to say the least....don't do anything to set yourself back even more.....

I am 5 months post op and my toe is still very stiff first thing in the morning.

 
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