Hammer Toe Surgery -Nonunion 2nd surgery

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Has anyone had to have their hammer toe surgery done over? I had surgery on November 7th, 2018 and after much swelling, pain and it just not looking correct my surgeon has decided to re-visit the joint in hope of having a successful union this time. Has anyone else had to have a 2nd toe surgery? I'm really nervous. What happens if the joint union is unsuccessful again? Any tips to having a successful outcome? I did everything right after the 1st surgery so should I change things?

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    Hi Jennifer yes I did. Originally I had the bunionectomy and at the same time I had Hammer toe surgery done to the 2nd and 3rd toes. In my case because my hammer toes were so severely retracted I had Nextra toe implants put in the second and 3rd toes to keep them straight (this was all private by the way!). The second toe was fine but a few weeks after the operation I was informed that the implant (2 pieced) had misaligned and had come apart in my toe. Fast forward a year and I had another operation to re-align the implant which I think was successful. However after that the 4 th toe started creeping under the 3rd toe and the fifth toe under the 4th. I then had a fusion done to keep them straight. It was called claw toe. My problem is partly exacerbated by the fact that my right foot is quite a bit wider than my left which means most shoes aggravate the surgery sites. All in all it has been a nightmare but in your case it should be straightforward and not too much of a problem. You are lucky! John

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      Thank you for the reply. I also had bunion surgery at the same time. My right foot was successful, bunion and hammer toe. my left foot has been somewhat of a nightmare. I had such high hopes of being a ballerina (not really) but I was so excited about just being able to walk normally. The left foot bunion surgery was successful but the hammertoe joint union keeps popping out of joint and has never fully fused. I'm schedule for surgery in 2 weeks. I'm hoping by summer I'm at the park playing on the swings (yes I'm old for that, 48), but swinging is a major stress reducer for me. I think it's funny when the kids are watching me having more fun than them. LoL I wish you luck in your full recovery. Keep in mind, do exactly as the Dr tells you for post op.... we only get 1 pair of feet.

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      Absolutely Jennifer! One does not realise how important our feet are until one has had surgery. All the best to you and I am sure your surgery will resolve the problem

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      People who have never experienced foot problems don't seem to understand. Even my general doctor seems as if he could care less about my foot issues. Luckily I have a great foot surgeon. Thank you for your thoughtful insight into my concerns.

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