| | Big Toe-Bone Graft vs. Amputation?
Just wanted to see if anyone out there had any advice for me. I had a bunionectomy in 2004 with a hammertoe repair (little toe). I contracted MRSA, and subsequently had 3 surgeries to clean the bone, and finally a screw removal. To say the least, I have been stuck with a mess for a result. Have waited for repair, I'm a single parent, and 6 months off work without pay is ALOT. Anyways, 2nd consult with a great doc in town (6 months to get an appt) and he recommends a 5 toe amputation on my left foot vs, the more invasive bone graft in my big toe. he would then have to remove knuckles (called this resectioning?) in toes 2-5 to make them lay flat, and pin them in place. I am in alot of pain, daily. Has anyone got any advice on whether the MRSA will attack again? i hate to go the full route, and do the grafts, etc if it may not take. I had 2 rounds of vanco iv before they got it under control last time. Im not worried about the pain, i expect it to hurt. But I am super worried about the infection coming back. The doc recommended the amputation because of my infection history, and because I now walk on my joints in the toes, not the toes themselves. I would gladly take any advice right now- surgery is after christmas.