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Ellen and Deb, it certainly seems that foot surgery has no particular rhyme or reason to it. Ellen this is the first time I have had to use a stimulator . I have had pins break in one of my toes before, I even had a screw to screw itself right out the end of the right big toe. It had only been in there for 4 weeks and it showed the toe was already fused. Not a single one of my 3 surgeries on this same big Left toe have shown the very first sign of fusion. Just a question to throw out........is it possible after a fusion to go in and try a fusion using a bone graft from myself........second question......what about a bone implant?..........My pod at Duke made the comment that even though the bone was not fusing the screw was not moving right now so maybe we should leave it like that. I mentioned this to an ortho nurse I know and she said he doc would never leave a screw in like that b/c it would possibly /probably eventually cause infection........what do you all think?





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