Tendon damage from a lateral ligament reconstruction?

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For the past 6 weeks since my surgery, I've been having issues with my toes. One points up, one down, and the big toe spasms when bent down.

My surgeon said that there is a tendon in the area of the surgery, but said if it was damaged, it would affect all toes.

I can't find anything online regarding tendon damage caused by surgery, perhaps someone else can find something?

I don't think it will resolve itself, and that makes me wonder if I'll need more surgery.

Any thoughts, questions?

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    So sorry to hear this Kristina.  I have not had any issues w/ that but I know it can happen.  A relative of ours had a bimalleolar fx several years ago..  She was a nurse and one of her toes was doing the same thing (just one of yours)- it pointed up and she could not move it.  When she started wearing shoes and eventually went back to work- the surgeon cut the tendon to that toe- she could never move it again but it laid flat and she was able to move around much more comfortably.  It was either her 4th or 5th toe- cannot remember which one...

    I hope the surgeon can help you...

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      I don't see him for 3 months, I guess he hopes it will resolve on its own. I don't think it will though.

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      I did some more checking of my toes and the results are alarming. They are all affected which means he did cut the tendon.

      The middle 3 toes don't spread apart, the baby toe barely moves, and only the big toe raises up fully.

      I see him on Friday for an emergency visit. If he brushes me off again, I am getting a 2nd opinion from a surgeon I trust. I will also be getting my medical records in case I decide to pursue legal action against him.

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      He did brush me off on Friday, saying nothing was wrong. He then got mad when I told him I was going to get a 2nd opinion.

      I saw my dr today, and he agreed that a 2nd opinion wouldn't hurt. He checked my toes and saw what I was talking about.

      Apparently the surgeon who did my shoulders is an excellent ankle surgeon, so I'll have someone I trust helping me out.

      My dr said my surgeon had emailed him after my visit on Friday, said he would still see me if I wanted to return. He said I was upset and miffed. No kidding, I was p*ssed at him.

      So I'm looking into filing a complaint against him and maybe taking legal action if he has indeed screwed up my ankle.

      When I told him I wanted a 2nd opinion and got mad, he stormed out of the room saying he didn't want me as a patient. Doesn't that sound like an admission of guilt?

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      I am proud of you for speaking up and getting a 2nd opinion.  So sorry you are going thru this but I hope that you can help and it gets resolved. Keep us posted.

      jan

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      I will for sure.

      I'm working with physio to get walking in the aircast. I've graduated from full time wheelchair use to Walker use.

      I will be attempting stairs for the first time in about 2 months. Hopefully that goes well.

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