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macaroni - what kind of surgery did you have the first time specifically? was it a chevron osteotomy or something else? was your 2nd surgeon a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon?
I don't understand why your lawyers don't consider a failed surgery requiring corrective surgery enough to prove that harm was done (after all you have to spend another day in the OR and another 8 weeks in recovery, that should be worth something).
Sometimes the only thing one can do is to write a letter of complaint to the state licensing board, to the hospital administrator where you had the surgery, and to the podiatry professional group, so there is an official record so if another potential patient wants to look him or her up, they will know to be wary of that surgeon, plus if there is a number of people w/ complaints against that particular surgeon, he or she could have his license, professional membership, or hospital privileges revoked
[QUOTE=sweetficus]macaroni - what kind of surgery did you have the first time specifically? was it a chevron osteotomy or something else? was your 2nd surgeon a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon?
I don't understand why your lawyers don't consider a failed surgery requiring corrective surgery enough to prove that harm was done (after all you have to spend another day in the OR and another 8 weeks in recovery, that should be worth something).
Sometimes the only thing one can do is to write a letter of complaint to the state licensing board, to the hospital administrator where you had the surgery, and to the podiatry professional group, so there is an official record so if another potential patient wants to look him or her up, they will know to be wary of that surgeon, plus if there is a number of people w/ complaints against that particular surgeon, he or she could have his license, professional membership, or hospital privileges revoked[/QUOTE]

I had a lapidus procedure which consists of two screws placed almost at the ankle. I never thought of filing complaints with the above boards. I am going to do that today. Thanks for the idea.
Just wanted to say thanks to all of you who've responded to my original message. I empathize with everyone on many counts. For example, an attorney told me today that because my injury isn't "permanent," he won't take my case. (He also said podiatric medmal is "peanuts" unless, say, the surgeon chops off your foot!)

And, like another person who responded, I had someone other than my surgeon do the bulk of the work -- without my consent. But because I signed a consent form saying "and/or his associates," I'm screwed on that front.

In short, I went in with a deformed foot. Now, I still have a deformed foot -- but with two breaks, four screws and a long scar.

Like yet another person who responded, my records were rewritten. My doctor's receptionist told me point-blank that he'd "redictated" them. Other notes were missing completely.

I'm told that filing a state complaint is a waste of effort because such complaints are self-reported by doctors, who wouldn't THINK of being honest about having them. The lawyer told me the doctor gets the letter, glances at it and tosses it in the trash.

Bottom line: Surgery -- regardless of what kind -- is like playing the lottery. And there's no recourse if you're wronged.

We're left to vent on this message board. Thank God for this, though. I feel so much better knowing I'm not alone. Take care, Loretta





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