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Achilles Tendon Surgery Complications

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Achilles Tendon Surgery Complications

Postby Blaise » Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:31 pm

I am at 4 months post op for repair of achilles tendon rupture. I had an accute reaction 2 days after surgery that was extremely painful and lead to 6 weeks of severe pain, swelling and sickness. My Doctor literallly blew off the reaction I had to a dream and has never treated my complications with the theory something may have gone wrong. At 4 months I still have swelling , severe at times, numbness which I am sure is nerve damage, I have less use of my leg than before surgery and still have pain at all times none of the symptoms have entirely gone away. My Doctor has been very standoffish, does not return phone calls and has not diagnosed my complications. There is a list of unprofessional acts time and time again that are far to many to list on here. His nurse has shown a lack of knowledge and the Doctor chooses to blame everything on me, I am very afraid I have a permanent injury it simply is not getting better, At this point I am simply crippled, I have no means to return to work as  have very little use of the leg, walking is even very difficult, what can I do, Or do I need to send you more information. I have sent a complaint to him and he has not responded, i also sent a complaint to the Idaho Medical Board

ANSWER: Well as you saw, the doctor has no intention of answering your complaint. I suspect the Board of Medical Examiners has an equal amount of interest in your problems.

You need to see a malpractice lawyer. Start calling some now and talk to several.

You realize, I guess, that achilles tendon injuries, especially rupture, are difficult for patient and doctor. However your continuing pain, swelling, and other signs should not have to be endured. That doctor owes you better care. It is hard to decide what is causing your pain without seeing the operative report. Your lawyer can find an expert to help.

You probably need to see another orthopedist, and a neurologist, or maybe even a surgical podiatrist who might have a better view of the tendon. Podiatrists, although orthopedists will dispute this, have a better picture of the foot and ankle, and are qualified to work as high as the knee in injuries like yours. See what your lawyer advises about this. He may need an orthopedic expert to testify in your state.

Get started finding a lawyer you can work with. You do appeart to have a good case and a lawyer should be willing to help.

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

Thank you for the very timely respnoce. I would like to add a few issues that have taken place. I have see another foot specialist, his first thought was an allergic to the sutures, he is supposedly going to get back to me but have heard nothing from him for over two weeks. I actually am leaning towards the Doctor goofed.He has been incredibly defensive in his manor. For that matter his nurse has acted very strange around me. One of my problems the nurse had no clue how to fit my walking boot on two different occassions, before surgery or after surgery, she missed several stitches when taking them out after operation, and seemingly did not clean the wound very good during that same visit. You can imagine the thoughts in my head, this nurse has no clue how to fit my boot and she is my Doctors assistant in surgery, yikes. He was called at 6am two days after surgery when I experienced the severe reaction, I was amazed he did not want to see me that day, I was really in incredible pain, he would not see me until the following Thursday, thats when he asked me if I was dreaming the incident. Even though he admitted my complications were rare, he chose not to see me for 6 more weeks after that visit.I have questioned him many times as why I am having som many complications, His answer the first visit was simply I Dont Know, that was it. The last visit, JUly 21st he blamed the problems on me. Amazing since the symptoms began the day after surgery, not in my 14 th week. In fact he has moved my recovery time to one year, but gives me no diagnosis as to why, and again even though he could see severe swelling plus pictures I brought in to him, he scheduled the next appointment for Sept. 22nd two months away, that seems very unusual to me. I have never been able to talk to him between appointments, his nurse may call back but he never does, in fact last time I had severe swelling I called the office, neither he or the nurse would call back, I ended talking to another  Doctors nurse in the office, amazing since she had never treated me or met me
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Achilles Tendon Surgery Complications

Postby Aurick » Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:52 am

I am at 4 months post op for repair of achilles tendon rupture. I had an accute reaction 2 days after surgery that was extremely painful and lead to 6 weeks of severe pain, swelling and sickness. My Doctor literallly blew off the reaction I had to a dream and has never treated my complications with the theory something may have gone wrong. At 4 months I still have swelling , severe at times, numbness which I am sure is nerve damage, I have less use of my leg than before surgery and still have pain at all times none of the symptoms have entirely gone away. My Doctor has been very standoffish, does not return phone calls and has not diagnosed my complications. There is a list of unprofessional acts time and time again that are far to many to list on here. His nurse has shown a lack of knowledge and the Doctor chooses to blame everything on me, I am very afraid I have a permanent injury it simply is not getting better, At this point I am simply crippled, I have no means to return to work as  have very little use of the leg, walking is even very difficult, what can I do, Or do I need to send you more information. I have sent a complaint to him and he has not responded, i also sent a complaint to the Idaho Medical Board

ANSWER: Well as you saw, the doctor has no intention of answering your complaint. I suspect the Board of Medical Examiners has an equal amount of interest in your problems.

You need to see a malpractice lawyer. Start calling some now and talk to several.

You realize, I guess, that achilles tendon injuries, especially rupture, are difficult for patient and doctor. However your continuing pain, swelling, and other signs should not have to be endured. That doctor owes you better care. It is hard to decide what is causing your pain without seeing the operative report. Your lawyer can find an expert to help.

You probably need to see another orthopedist, and a neurologist, or maybe even a surgical podiatrist who might have a better view of the tendon. Podiatrists, although orthopedists will dispute this, have a better picture of the foot and ankle, and are qualified to work as high as the knee in injuries like yours. See what your lawyer advises about this. He may need an orthopedic expert to testify in your state.

Get started finding a lawyer you can work with. You do appeart to have a good case and a lawyer should be willing to help.

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

Thank you for the very timely respnoce. I would like to add a few issues that have taken place. I have see another foot specialist, his first thought was an allergic to the sutures, he is supposedly going to get back to me but have heard nothing from him for over two weeks. I actually am leaning towards the Doctor goofed.He has been incredibly defensive in his manor. For that matter his nurse has acted very strange around me. One of my problems the nurse had no clue how to fit my walking boot on two different occassions, before surgery or after surgery, she missed several stitches when taking them out after operation, and seemingly did not clean the wound very good during that same visit. You can imagine the thoughts in my head, this nurse has no clue how to fit my boot and she is my Doctors assistant in surgery, yikes. He was called at 6am two days after surgery when I experienced the severe reaction, I was amazed he did not want to see me that day, I was really in incredible pain, he would not see me until the following Thursday, thats when he asked me if I was dreaming the incident. Even though he admitted my complications were rare, he chose not to see me for 6 more weeks after that visit.I have questioned him many times as why I am having som many complications, His answer the first visit was simply I Dont Know, that was it. The last visit, JUly 21st he blamed the problems on me. Amazing since the symptoms began the day after surgery, not in my 14 th week. In fact he has moved my recovery time to one year, but gives me no diagnosis as to why, and again even though he could see severe swelling plus pictures I brought in to him, he scheduled the next appointment for Sept. 22nd two months away, that seems very unusual to me. I have never been able to talk to him between appointments, his nurse may call back but he never does, in fact last time I had severe swelling I called the office, neither he or the nurse would call back, I ended talking to another  Doctors nurse in the office, amazing since she had never treated me or met me
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Achilles Tendon Surgery Complications

Postby Aryeh » Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:58 pm

His attitude is fairly standard and is: How dare you question my ability and skills?

Get started finding a lawyer. Remember you have to choose a good lawyer so get a few names and run backgrounds on them. You do that by running their names in the Index to Civil Actions at your courthouse. The clerks will help you get started. If you can't move around well enough, ask the lawyer in your neighborhood for some suggestions or help. You should have done that with this doctor.
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