Calcaneus fracture

I am in a spot right now and I am not sure what to do. Maybe there are some people out there that could share thoughts on my problem.

I shattered my heel about a month ago 6/28/04. I have pretty much planned to get surgery on Thursday 7/22/04 but the doctor tells me that my range of motion in the fracture will decrease. He went from "you need the surgery" to "you may be able to get away with out it" however stating that I would probably need subtalar fusion in the future because of arthritis.

What I am wondering about is: Should I get the surgery?

I do not have health insurance and I will be seen as an outpatient for the operation and have to pay close to 10K out of pocket (recently un-employed as well - after 5 years at same company). Now from what I was told there is still a risk for arthritis and future Subtalar fusion if the arthritis gets too bad.

I am a pretty healthy 27 year old and I almost want to just see if I will bounce back from this for some time without the operation, and knowing that the fusion surgery is inevitable will I be able to walk in the future with the fusion surgery.

Also in the future I am sure that I will have insurance and I can get the fusion surgery with insurance helping a lot. I cannot get any type of financial assistance (as this state (FL - Pinellas County) doesn't offer anything to people on unemployment and a little above the 750/mo for Social Services).

Any advice or stories shared would be great! Thanks

Posted By Dave on July 21, 2004 at 01:14:37:

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