Need to find a good toe surgeon in the UK

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hi hope someone can help.

i had hammer toe surgery on 3 toes 21 months ago. I wasn't in any pain before the surgery but have been in permanent pain since then. My surgeon explained it as a simple procedure and suggested I'd be back at work in two weeks and driving at 3 weeks. It was all what he called ' soft tissue work', - releasing and transferring tendons. I won't go into the visits to and from the hospital since then but now need to see another consultant who is independent of the hospital, to help me understand what's causing the pain, and can it be fixed. I've no idea how to find a good honest specialist who isn't just interested in making some money. I have lost total trust in foot surgeons in my area having had 3 different opinions in a 6 month period and the surgeon who did my surgery blatantly lying about covering the risks with me. According to him he's now saying I have Reynaulds and that's why he did soft tissue work rather than fusions. I have never been diagnosed or had even heard of Reynaulds until he mentioned it 6 months AFTER my surgery as a reason I may not be recovering. He did surgery on both my feet in January 2013. I can't spend the rest of my life in pain. I'm in my fifties non smoker non drinker and in good health with a healthy BMI. Can anyone tell me how to go about finding a good honest foot specialist in the UK? If you've had hammer toe surgery and had a good outcome please feel free to recommend a surgeon. I desperately need to move on with my life.

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    Hi Beth I am due to have scarf bunion surgery 16 October 2014?both feet --- however in my constant research I am using a mr Henry maxwell at salford royal - however my searches have said that he his good but others say not - I am due to have a second opinion with tim clough wrightington hospital I can't find anyone who has said a bad word against him.... Though as always could be wrong google birth see what you think I would be interested in your comments thanks.philip 

     

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      Hi Irlam,

      I too had bunion surgery in October 2014 with Mr Maxwell at Oaklands Hospital in Salford and was disappointed with the end result. I met with him yesterday and shared my concerns at which he said I can't have further surgery to improve what I feel is an under correction. I have requested a second opinion. Can you please share your experiences with me so that I can evaluate and decide on what steps I should take.

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    Sorry typo error google search Henry maxwell and tim clough 
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    Hi Beth,

    So very sorry to hear that you are having pain still it must be relay frustrating.

    I had two surgical procedures on both feet to realine  big toes and shave bunions and few other minor procedures performed by mr David Redfern at london foot and ankle climic I chose him primerilybecause he uses minimally invasive procedure reader than konventiomal ones I I can sertamley recomend him Look him up on the net and what you think any more info please feel free to ask  I will forward my email address so you can PM  best wishes

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    Hi Beth,

    I'm not sure where you live but I would reccommend Adam Budgen in York.

    I had a scarf/akin operation on both feet in July and have been very pleased with the outcome. He is an expert in all types of foot surgery. It depends on where in the UK you live as to how practical it would be.

    Hope this helps. Angela

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    Hello Beth54321,

    I had a cheilectomy in March 2014.  The end of May I finally yelled at the doctor that I was in extreme pain.  He said I should not be. I went to a pain doctor and he diagnosised me with RSD (it is where you stay in extreme inflamation for no reason)  well started me with nerve blocks once a week for a month.  Then once a month for 3 months.  You need to see some one else, don't know who.  Good luck!

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    Good morning Beth.

    FGirstly, I am so sorry to read about your problems etc.

    I had  bunion and hammertoe surgery in November 2013 after putting off for many years seeking advice.

    My surgery has been very successful. Unlike you I had no pain before the surgery but the conditions were getting steadily worse and I knew that without the surgery things wouldn't improve.

    My GP referred me to Mr C F MANN at Bradford Royal Infirmary. He's a specialist in foot and ankle surgery. I had all my treatment on the NHS and have to say I have nothing but praise for it.

    He was kind, explained everything in minute detail at all my appointments and never made me feel attending each the appointment was rushed in any way. He gave me wonderful care.

    I am due to have the bunion on my other foot done on 1st October 2014.

    Do google Mr Mann as there is good information about him . He does carry out private work in Leeds but it was not necessary for me nor could I have afforded to pay.

    I do hope that you find a suitable surgeon eventually. I can only speak for myself but there will be many excellent surgeons out there.

    Good Luck!

    Gillian

     

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    I also had my surgery at Salford but was under Mr Suneja who was excellent.  Have had both feet done by him.  Where do you live Beth. .
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    Thank you for all the suggestions. It's good to hear there are some good surgeons out there. I live in Scotland. I wasn't in any pain before the surgery but went private but hadn't looked into it at all other than reading an article in a paper about some woman in and out in 15 minutes - problem solved so decided it must be a simple op. The surgeon also made it sound simple, never mentioned any risks at all. At this stage I'm really not looking for more surgery. I don't care anymore how my toes look - I just want to wake up in the morning with no pain. If there's a chance the pain will eventually go and I can get back to my starting position of crooked toes with no pain, then that's a result. If the surgeon/ specialist were to say I'll always be in pain unless I have more surgery, then I'd need to seriously consider it. I'm just so suspicious now about how honest they'll be. One of the surgeons I saw earlier this year suggested more surgery and when I asked if there was any non surgical options he actually said ' I'm a surgeon and that's how I get paid so my solution is always going to be surgery' so hope you can understand my concerns. I'll look into some of the names provided and decide next steps. Thanks for all your help.
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      Another shout for the london Foot and Ankle center.Mark Davies is the clinical director and did my first bunion 14 years ago, and made a great job of it. I used David Redfern for the other foot 11 days ago as he does MIS surgery, so far so good. These guys are at the top of their game and do the lecture circuits tec. So sorry everything has gone wrong for you so far, time to call in the experts I think
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    Hi Beth. Sorry to hear you are having such problems. I had my bunion corrected (metatarsal fusion) at West Middlesex University Hospital (Twickenham). Professor Mark Tagoe performed the op. From the research I did he seems to be one of the best and my results, so far, have been excellent (I am just over 4 weeks post op). He also has a clinic on Harley Street that specialises in foot/ankle problems.

    Best of luck, I hope it can all be soretd out asap.

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    Hi Beth,

    I was just wondering how you are and which surgeon you decided to go with...The reason for asking is I recently had a scarf osteotomy done on both my feet and wasn't happy with the end result. I had an appointment with Mr Maxwell yesterday and shared my concerns which didn't go down well with him. I asked whether further surgery could be carried out to improve the under correction which he said no to and so I pushed for a second opinion.

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    Hi jazzy

    sorry to hear you haven't had a good outcome. I've been putting off getting another opinion because if I'm honest I've lost total trust in the medical profession - both private and NHS. I saw another pain specialist recently who had nothing positive to say about toe surgeons, podiatrists or chiropractors. He said toe surgery isn't a science, it's an art so he wSnt surprised I had had varying opinions from the 4 professionals I've seen so far. He was also of the opinion that pain can take a long time to go so potentially still could go away and not to put everything on hold until it does. So I've said I'd wait another 6 months and in the meantime  I'll join the gym again and try get back to normal again. If at the end of 6 months I'm still having pain then I'll follow up. I did some research and it seems the 3 specialists I would consider are Mark S Davis, David Redfern and Nick Harris. However it have now been warned that there's a big risk of CRPS given the pain I have had so I would definitely only go down this route if I was desperate. I'm still very angry at my consultant for not mentioning any risks, doing no pre op assessment and now telling me the problems are related to my Reynalds condition - a condition I have never had or even been suggested I have it until 4 months AFTER the surgery. 

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      Beth,

      For one don't lose faith, remain strong and continue your efforts in finding a solution. Go for a second and third opinion be persistent and as a last resort go down the medical negligence route. SOME practitioners take very little care in what they do and in my instance it was as if I was on a conveyor belt, one procedure after another.. no wonder I'm having to go back. There was at least half a dozen patients waiting to have procedures carried out and I pray that none of the other patients procedures went wrong. There must be a rule as to how many procedures a surgeon can do in one shift. I will be complaining to a higher body and encourage you to do the same.

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