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Well, I don't know if we have enough information to determine that. Non-unions do happen and for reasons no one can discern. I guess the questions are many but include:
Why didn't he pin it?
Was that part of what you were told he would do?
When were you released to walk on it?
What was the whole procedure/recovery plan?
What kind of doctor did the procedure?

Am sure there are many more but this is a good start.
He did pin it and took it out at week 4 and said I could walk on it then.
He said he would shave the side and break the bone and push it into place for the toe to be straight. He let me to believe the recovery plan went well. When he did the last x-ray and released me he sai all was in good order. He did not mention my food was still fractured went he released me. He is an Orthopedic surgeon.
Yes, a second opinion is definitly in order after I see [B]'Dr. C'[/B] :(on Friday and hear what he has to say. A relative of mine spoke to her Podiotry doctor ([B]Dr. S[/B]):) and showed him my CT Scan results. [B]'Dr. S' [/B]said the bone clearly never healed and likely will not. He mentioned that my orthopedic doctor (board certified) should have never released me from care until healed and should have instucted me to put 'the boot' back on.
[B]'Dr. S' [/B]said there is a 'bone stimulator' that he would recommend before going back in for surgery. It may help the bone heal. If that did not work I would have to have another surgery. This is the doctor I will go see for a second opinion.
My current doctor [B]'Dr. C'[/B] told me last week that he could tell from the xray that day that bone had not heal and sent me for the CT Scan. He should have made me put some type of brace on my foot that day. However, he did not send me off with any special instructions, just get a CT Scan.
The pain radiates around the actual bunion area and is swollen in the same areas. The pain varies depending on what I attempt to do, what shoes I wear or how long I am on my foot. This is all very fustrating... I am concerned that the doctor has messed up and I have been suffering unnessesarily.... And will probably have to go through the surgery and recovery again (the hassle of the recovery is the worse to me)....
Any comments or insight is much appreciated. I will keep you posted.
Just my opinion, here, but a couple questions come to mind. First, does your ortho specialize in foot and ankle problems? Second, what was his demeanor like when discussing your upcoming surgery? Was he blase about it? Or did he seem really concerned with fixing your foot? Third, are you really comfortable with letting him cut on you again?

I can totally understand wanting to get the surgery over with. It really stinks to have to put your life on hold waiting for a surgery that you know will knock you off your feet for an extended period. But you have to have confidence in your surgeon. Please be certain he is being explicit about your recovery as well. I've seen way too many unpleasant surprises come after the surgery :(

I had my left foot surgered on by an ortho two times, finally, he sent me to a foot and ankle ortho. It is pretty frustrating to have the problem still ongoing. Hopefully my surgery on 9/2 will fix it!

Good luck
[QUOTE=voodoochil3;4306807]Just my opinion, here, but a couple questions come to mind. First, does your ortho specialize in foot and ankle problems? Second, what was his demeanor like when discussing your upcoming surgery? Was he blase about it? Or did he seem really concerned with fixing your foot? Third, are you really comfortable with letting him cut on you again?

I can totally understand wanting to get the surgery over with. It really stinks to have to put your life on hold waiting for a surgery that you know will knock you off your feet for an extended period. But you have to have confidence in your surgeon. Please be certain he is being explicit about your recovery as well. I've seen way too many unpleasant surprises come after the surgery :(

I had my left foot surgered on by an ortho two times, finally, he sent me to a foot and ankle ortho. It is pretty frustrating to have the problem still ongoing. Hopefully my surgery on 9/2 will fix it!

Good luck[/QUOTE]
Yes, he is a foot/ankle ortho specialist. I told him I was fustrated and he said, "yes, it is fustrating for us both when surgery does not go well." He is not a chatty doctor, so not sure how concerned he may have been. He was clear that fixing it through surgery was my option. Now it requires more to be done than the first time.

I am struggling about having him fix it or someone else... this I will better determine once I get that 2nd opinion. I do not even want to do this but seem to have no choice.





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