Surgeons reluctance to admit defeat and is dragging out wateva steps he needs to take

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I've not posted on here for 7months, I'm now 17months post tripple subtular hindfoot arthrodesis and only since my last 3monthly appointment with (well finally) with my surgeon and not his minions..

Have they finally seen wat I've been telling them all along, the big nail that's the basis for my fusion has bent and after them getting me xrayed my surgeon wAs happy to tell me it's finally fused fully 😷->🤡

Before I reminded him that wasn't first time I'd been told this before I had a CT scan and then they're like oh sorry it hasn't.. so off to CT I go again and I don't even make it back into his office as meets me out front of it and says I was right and we'd see AGAIN what it's like in another 3months. ARRGGhhhh.

So I've been telling them all along, it's not rite.. swear they thought I was just being a pussy but if they only knew I have huge pain tolerance and would never complain if I wasn't in pain and still expected pain but not worse than pre operation levels... Two weeks and I'll hopefully have an idea on there plan of attack

I Bloody Better or should I say they better have one and not just put me off another 3months

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    Dear Kevin

    Very sorry to hear that your recovery has again been extended. I bet that it feels like a kick in the bxxxs.

    Try to keep positive. All the best Richard

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    I feel your frustration Kevin I’m 10mths post fusion and have now been told there is ‘something else’ going on inside my ankle.

    I need all the metal work taking out and that will be my 8th op, to find out I may have something else wrong is a kick in the teeth!

    My pain is worse now than it was before too. I try and keep my happy smiling face on and keep positive, it’s hard to keep going but with me being stubborn I bloody well will! Claire. Xx

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      That's when they should have come to the conclusion with mine and come up with a plan to fix it but 19 months and I still don't have a clue

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    what a horror story...sometimes we do know better than the docs....we certainly know our own bodies better....I am being a bit stupid here but why do things show up better on ct scan than xray? If i understand you correctly xray showed all OK but ct revealed that it wasn't. yet xray is the standard used to make a decision on our treatment! Anyway...I do hope their next plan of action works for you

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    CT is where U go in that machine that wizzes around U taking thousands of pictures and overlaying them to get a clearer many layered vEiw... I think
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    Sorry Kevin.... doesn't it suck that we feel like we are being babies when we talk to the docs? I hate that. I have a big tolerance of pain also so when I complain I feel like he tilts his head at me like a dog does when you talk to it in a high voice.... lol  I thought the test was called an MRI ? That is what I had done. CAT SCAN showed nothing on me... MRI showed what he needed to see... and that was the start! 

      Ok.. I'm rambling.... I hope your next 3 months go a lot better for you! 

       Keep us posted. 

        Rose

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    Kevin,

    Sorry to hear of your troubles. I couldn't tell from your message exactly what your situation was/is, but it sounds like your surgery didn't heal properly and you could not get that particular idea through to your physician.

    Failure to communicate clearly between doctor and patient happens more than we would like to admit. I agree with sentiment that doctors hold the position of power in a doctor-patient relationship, but they are not infallible (that's why they carry malpractice insurance). Sometimes we patients need to speak up firmly if we sense something is not going well with our treatment.

    It would be helpful for everyone if patients put themselves on a level par with their doctors as part of a team, instead of passive observers.

    Best wishes on your recovery.

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    @kpower, that's fine for those of us who have the confidence and education to question things. I am happy with my treatment and my OS but some consultants think they are gods and that mere mortals cannot possibly question them. Kevin is daring to question them and it seems finally his consultant is listening to him but perhaps things would have been easier had they really listened earlier. I appreciate in UK, the NHS is just stretched to the limit. I worry about those who did not have the ability to find a forum like this online or to question things in any other way...there must be so many out there suffering alone

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