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Old 08-22-2011, 12:42 PM   #1
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2 failed toe surgeries

I went through 2 toe surgeries to correct bunion which was done; had pins in 4 toes and at end of recovery period, 8 weeks, pins were removed and within 2 weeks they were turning toward big toe as they are now. The 3rd toe is completely underneath 2nd toe which is painful, toenail never grew back and end of toe where pin was is very painful. I was sent to ortho surgeon as 1st dr? was a podiatrist. Ortho surgeon said he would do it differently, like for a rheumatoid arthritis issue. This would make surgery #3 and I am literally scared to death to have it done and have another failure.

I have the calloused ball of foot from toes going in direction of big toe, and am in pain much of the time, have a distinctive limp and shoes are impossible. Affected foot went from size 7 to size 9 shoe size.

Can anybody offer help, suggestions, similar experiences, anything, I am desperate.
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Old 08-22-2011, 03:00 PM   #2
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Re: 2 failed toe surgeries

I can sympathize with you and the frustrations of having unsuccessful surgeries. I am going to be discussing ankle surgery #3 with my DR in the next 2 weeks or so. I would recommend you find the most experienced foot/ankle surgeon in your area and seek them out for another opinion before you even think of having the third surgery. I made the mistake of not getting a second opinion for the first surgery and I think that is partially why I am still having problems. My current doctor told me it was not the way he would have handled it, but it is all hindsight now. Before my second surgery I had 4 opinions (which may have been overkill, but I was so devistated by the results of the first surgery). Even if he has the same thoughts as the new doctor, it will make you feel more comfortable going forward.

Before my first surgery everyone was telling me to get a second opinion before I had any surgery done. I brushed it off and felt that because many people had recommended the doctor I was seeing, that I didn't need to get a second opinion. Wrong, wrong, wrong... and major lesson learned for me... Goodluck!! Hopefully you will get some helpful responses.

 
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Re: 2 failed toe surgeries

it looks like i will be having my 9th surgery from toe problems. only use an ortho specialist. this time i learned to get at least 3 opinions. ask many questions. keep posting

 
Old 08-22-2011, 07:35 PM   #4
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Re: 2 failed toe surgeries

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I can sympathize with you and the frustrations of having unsuccessful surgeries. I am going to be discussing ankle surgery #3 with my DR in the next 2 weeks or so. I would recommend you find the most experienced foot/ankle surgeon in your area and seek them out for another opinion before you even think of having the third surgery. I made the mistake of not getting a second opinion for the first surgery and I think that is partially why I am still having problems. My current doctor told me it was not the way he would have handled it, but it is all hindsight now. Before my second surgery I had 4 opinions (which may have been overkill, but I was so devistated by the results of the first surgery). Even if he has the same thoughts as the new doctor, it will make you feel more comfortable going forward.

Before my first surgery everyone was telling me to get a second opinion before I had any surgery done. I brushed it off and felt that because many people had recommended the doctor I was seeing, that I didn't need to get a second opinion. Wrong, wrong, wrong... and major lesson learned for me... Goodluck!! Hopefully you will get some helpful responses.

 
Old 08-22-2011, 07:44 PM   #5
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Re: 2 failed toe surgeries

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Thank you for your quick reply. It is absolutely frustrating. It has disabled me, handicap plackard and all. I am just so afraid, the ortho is the best, so called "guru of orthopedics" and he was not pushy at all, left it entirely up to me. Well, that was March and still afraid. I am sure walking around on it isn't helping but I can't lay down all the time. Good luck with your surgery and 2, 3, and 4th or more opinions can't hurt. I also have a spine issue causing lots of pain so I am not looking for sympathy, it is just so true, "suffer in silence." Never thought I would say that.

The aging process doesn't help either.

My primary care dr sent me to the podiatrist in the first place. I hadn't seen him after the 2 surgeries failed, 1 year apart, and went in to him one day for a different reason and I took my sock off foot and asked him,"What would you do if your wife's foot looked like that?" He then gave me the name of the ortho surgeon.

But while I was "healing" from those surgeries the sciatic, all area below waist, began hurting badly and I was sure it was from favoring one side. The podiatrist said no, it was not, thinking I may even have lupus. Good grief I did not want that and knew I didn't have it so I went back to my PC and told him, "Look, I am in pain, I hurt, you are not listening to me. I want an MRI, a lumbar epidural, don't just kiss it off." I was angry. I got the MRI which showed the problems, spinal stenosis, and then some. Drs these days don't give a heck, you have to be your own advocate. Disguisting.

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