Base Wedge Osteotomy

A little over 8 weeks ago, I had a bunionectomy called a base wedge osteotomy. I actually had 2 wedges of bone removed and now have three screws in my toe. Two of the screws are horizontal and one is vertical. I have been weight-bearing for 2 weeks now (limping at best), but the swelling right below my toes is still significant and the pain is still severe. It feels like a cushion of pain when I walk. I have been going to physical therapy twice a week for four weeks. My doctor thinks I am behind normal recovery schedule and he is being unusually forceful for what he called an "aggressive surgery" to begin with. To make matters worse, the X-rays show that the lowest screw may be intruding into the bone of the second toe. Now I am confused as to whether my symptoms and progress are reasonable or whether I should be concerned that the screw is really causing a problem. I am concerned that the doctor does not want to admit that screw could be the culprit because it would indicate that he has made an error. Should I seek another opinion? Do you think I am behind schedule? Please help!

Posted By Kate on November 10, 2003 at 17:32:48:

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