I'm a Canadian living in a small city (pop. 260,000) which means that we have two orthopedic surgeons in town. They have both refused to perform surgery on me. The thing about Canadian Health care is yes it's free, but there is no incentive for surgeons to perform elective surgery.
My tailor's bunion gets worse and worse by the day, at this point I'm ready to pay for surgery in the States.
I am not 100% sure how the US Health System works. Any advice on who I would call to get things rolling? Is there a specific state that would be best? I'm willing to pay up to $10,000 for this surgery, will that be enough to cover it?
I'm ready for to get this done and move on from this phase of my life. Any general advice about US Health Care or surgery would be helpful.
Last edited by knownastron; 10-25-2012 at 10:53 PM.
No idea. I am not sure if you need a referrel. But I would pick a town that is close to you, if you plan on driving, and try to find out who the orthos are. Maybe call family doctor or place that does sports medicine.
By the way 260k, isn't a small town to me.
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I had an ankle and foot reconstruction surgeon in Pittsburgh, PA. You need to find a very good surgeon. That is the key. I heard someone else on this board mention a certain bunion procedure (Akon Chevron procedure?? and they were left with no pain or discomfort) Call the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and asked them where you can find a specialist as close as possible for you. Also find out different procedures for removing bunions.
Last edited by Administrator; 11-28-2012 at 06:07 PM.
I would not be willing to spend that kind of money if I were you and I speak from experience. I had bunion surgery years ago and also had hammertoes taken care of by an orthopedic surgeon. Well, here it is years later and a hammer toe was coming back and my feet were going out of line again. I found myself a wonderful physical therapist, who majored in body mechanics in college and my feet are now straight with no surgery. When I first went to him, I had NO arch and had not had one for years plus I had weak ankles, but was very athletic. However, I could never ice skate or ski due to the weak ankles. I now have a BEAUTIFUL arch. There really is no reason for anyone to have surgery if you can find someone like this. Podiatrists are very, very eager to remove bunions and correct hammer toes and all they do is make money! Had I known years ago what I have learned in the past year, I would not have allowed the ortho man to touch me. Bad feet are often inherited and they were in my case, but one has bunions and hammer toes because the muscles in the legs and feet are too tight. That is what also causes trouble with the plantar facia and I have read and know of a case where the plantar facia has been cut. The plantar facia is a very, very important part of the foot and should NEVER be cut because it connects with the rest of the leg. I urge you to think about what I have just written before you let anyone cut into you. I also wore orthotics for years and they did nothing but make the muscles in my legs atrophy. They are the worse things that one can put in shoes. Yes, it may seem as if one's walk is corrected, but, in the long run, all they do is make the muscles weak. I have had them made by different people and the worst ones were made by a podiatrist. He caused me to have a huge golf ball on the bottom of my foot and when I told him they did not fit correctly, he stuck a piece of wood under it and he is a VERY, VERY well respected podiatrist in the county I live in. BE CAREFUL is all I can say!!!!
My guess is that $10,000 will not cover all the expenses for surgery here. I had ankle surgery with two nights in the hospital and it was almost $17,000. I live in Ohio and can tell you the name of my surgeon. He is not with the Cleveland Clinic but I am very pleased with my experience with him.
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If you have the cash there should be no problem having surgery. The doctor will probably want the records from your doctor in Canada. The key is making sure you find a good doctor. I found my doctor through US News and World Report best doctors. Search the nearest US city to you and obviously you put in orthopedic surgeons. This is a peer review list. Doctors can't pay to be on the list. Doctors nominate colleagues. In other words is you or a family member needed a doctor who would they go to. Doctors can't nominate themselves or any doctor that is in their practice. You will probably have to search through a number of orthopedic surgeons, but I would suggest finding one that specializes in foot and ankle, not a general orthopedic surgeon. The list will show you where they went to school and the hospital they are affiliated with. It also rates the hospitals. I checked where he went to school (highly rated school) and where he trained. He trained at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York which is the best orthopedic hospital in the US. If you are anywhere NYC I would suggest trying to find a dr there. After I found the doctor and checked his credentials, I googled his name and found patient review sites. My surgeon got fantastic reviews on every patient review site I checked. That's when I knew I found my surgeon. I had a consultation with him and I was sold. I will hopefully be having surgery at the beginning of December once I am cleared by family MD and get everything set up. It's taking a little bit to set up because I will be traveling out of state for the surgery. Best of luck to you.
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