Sorry, I couldn't find my last post to give an update. So, I have to have surgery again for my ocd. The new podiatrist said the mri shows my ocd not healed from last years surgery at all and that the ocd has gotten bigger and deeper. Now he is going to do a arthroscopy to clean out the rest of my ankle then make an incision to do the oats with cadaver bone. My lesion is on the front of the talus so he can get to it by simply extending my foot to open the jiont instead of cutting any bones to get to the site. The surgery is scheduled for next Mon. Aug. 13th. Now comes the real problem...my insurance has denied the claim for the cadaver bone. They would rather pay for an os to come in and graft from my knee. However, my Dr. has already called the insurance company and done a peer to peer conference to get them to reconsider. Now waiting the next 48hrs to see if they will approve it. Hope they will because I'm already out of work due to walking issues. I guess my biggest question is has anyone had this insurance issue? And what should i expect after surgery? The dr has told me so much in detail what to expect but I would like to hear from people who have actually experienced it personally. Thanks in advance!!
There was a similar thread just the other day, called "oats ankle surgery." As I type this, it's on page 2 of the Foot Problems board, and it has lots of the info you're asking about.
I was treated by a podiatrist at the beginning of my injury, but once surgery was inevitable, I researched and switched to an OS/foot-ankle specialist. I would not want my surgical options to be dictated by the limitations of my surgeon's license.
Thanks pclare for your advice. Unfortunatelly for my drilling last year I used and OS with foot/ankle specialty and he didn't work out. Had me up and walking within 3 day after surgery and the Pod has told me that is why it failed!! And there is no other os with foot/ankle specialty in my area in my network, so my choices are limited. The pod I am seeing has had great success with cadaver bone and has been far more forthcoming and knowledgable about the whole procedure.
Went for my first post op appointment after my oats procedure and the dr said everything is looking good..of course it has only been 3 days. But he said the procedure went very well! He didn't have to cut any bones to get to my ocd just simply extend my foot to open up the joint! He used cadaver bone to plug the whole which by the time he got all the drilling done and the hole debrised it ended up being a 12 mm hole. So now i begin the long journey of NWB..which feels like the end of the world. I go back Aug.27 to get stitches out so hopefully i'll get put in a cam walker then! Will continue to update when i can!