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What do I think? As I am not a physician, I can’t advise you about how this foot of yours can be fixed – but I can offer other wise advice. It is imperative that you be very careful about selecting the right doc for your surgery. When I had a bunionectomy about 3 years ago, I flew from Washington DC to Lake Forest, California, to have the procedure done by an excellent podiatric specialist who promised a pain-free recuperation. While it is known that the recovery from bunion surgery can be very difficult and the pain excruciating, I had no need for any pain pills and was on my feet for limited periods the first week. Five days after surgery, I was put into a pneumatic boot. Amazing! I was walking; I was dancing. Driving? I just changed from the boot to the post-op shoe.

Why be careful? Some docs performing this surgery will have you on crutches and will tell you not to drive for 6 weeks. AND you may be in considerable pain.

Why be careful? Two years ago I went to a local doc who told me that he inserts implants into the big toe all the time to relieve the effects of arthritis. Since he insisted this is a simple, routine operation, I opted to go with him instead of going back to California. Big mistake.

I am now recovering from surgery to correct the botched surgery since the implant was off by 45º. Yes, I went back to California. Was it worth it? Absolutely. Who is this masterful specialist? Google Richard Moy. He could review both photographs and X-rays taken of your foot. This is precisely what I did before going out there for this last operation. Realize X-rays can be sent digitally.

The downside is that this does become expensive as he doesn’t accept insurance and there are costs involved with the flight and hotel – since you will need to stay awhile so that he can keep an eye on your progress. While I was able to return home after 5 days with the bunioectomy, Dr. Moy asked me to stay 16 days for this more complicated procedure.

Hope this helps. The bottom line is to check up on the doctors with whom you speak. While they may promise everything, check out his/her background, REPUTATION and hospital affiliation. I was taken in by the charming manner of the surgeon who did my 2nd surgery. Had I asked around my very own community, I would have heard of a number of negative experiences.

By the way, my husband has an MD degree so I am not doctor bashing. My husband was skeptical at first about the promises Dr. Moy was making on his website, until he did some checking. I am now recovering from a very complicated surgery. Would you believe Moy asked representatives of the three companies whose products were used in my surgery to scrub in with him? What does this tell you about the man? Arrogance is NOT his middle name.

Wishing you luck. Any kind of foot discomfort is no fun.
[QUOTE=Feeling Fine;4043932]What do I think? As I am not a physician, I can’t advise you about how this foot of yours can be fixed – but I can offer other wise advice. It is imperative that you be very careful about selecting the right doc for your surgery. When I had a bunionectomy about 3 years ago, I flew from Washington DC to Lake Forest, California, to have the procedure done by an excellent podiatric specialist who promised a pain-free recuperation. While it is known that the recovery from bunion surgery can be very difficult and the pain excruciating, I had no need for any pain pills and was on my feet for limited periods the first week. Five days after surgery, I was put into a pneumatic boot. Amazing! I was walking; I was dancing. Driving? I just changed from the boot to the post-op shoe.

Why be careful? Some docs performing this surgery will have you on crutches and will tell you not to drive for 6 weeks. AND you may be in considerable pain.

Why be careful? Two years ago I went to a local doc who told me that he inserts implants into the big toe all the time to relieve the effects of arthritis. Since he insisted this is a simple, routine operation, I opted to go with him instead of going back to California. Big mistake.

I am now recovering from surgery to correct the botched surgery since the implant was off by 45º. Yes, I went back to California. Was it worth it? Absolutely. Who is this masterful specialist? Google Richard Moy. He could review both photographs and X-rays taken of your foot. This is precisely what I did before going out there for this last operation. Realize X-rays can be sent digitally.

The downside is that this does become expensive as he doesn’t accept insurance and there are costs involved with the flight and hotel – since you will need to stay awhile so that he can keep an eye on your progress. While I was able to return home after 5 days with the bunioectomy, Dr. Moy asked me to stay 16 days for this more complicated procedure.

Hope this helps. The bottom line is to check up on the doctors with whom you speak. While they may promise everything, check out his/her background, REPUTATION and hospital affiliation. I was taken in by the charming manner of the surgeon who did my 2nd surgery. Had I asked around my very own community, I would have heard of a number of negative experiences.

By the way, my husband has an MD degree so I am not doctor bashing. My husband was skeptical at first about the promises Dr. Moy was making on his website, until he did some checking. I am now recovering from a very complicated surgery. Would you believe Moy asked representatives of the three companies whose products were used in my surgery to scrub in with him? What does this tell you about the man? Arrogance is NOT his middle name.

Wishing you luck. Any kind of foot discomfort is no fun.[/QUOTE]

I am searching for a doctor to perform surgery on my hammer toe. Today I saw Dr. Moy as suggested by a friend. He is the fourth doctor that I have seen regarding my surgery. The other doctors suggested that I have my second toe bone cut down to shorten the toe and two metatarsal bones shortened as well as cutting the nerves between two of the toes to relieve some of my pain. Today Dr. Moy suggested that I lengthen the tendon on the top of the toe and possible lengthen the tendon under the toe. He said the other option seemed to aggressive for my problem. What he said made perfect sense to me so when I got home I decided to research Dr. Moy on the internet. According to the Medical Board of California, Department of Consumer affairs website, Dr. Moy has been accused of but has not admitted to acts of negligence, failure to maintain adequate, accurate medical records, sexual misconduct with a patient, signing false statements in medical records among other things. He was suspended from practicing for 30 days and is on 8 years probation. This was quite disappointing to me as he was the only doctor of four doctors that I felt comfortable with regarding my diagnosis and treatment. From his website and patient testimonials he seems like he gets good results. I did not confront him nor his office staff about this as I didn't find it out until I got home today. Were you aware of this? Did you experience any of this in dealing with him?





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