Podiatric surgery is complicated. Your foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Any invasive surgery on your feet requires a skilled and competent doctor that ably performs with precise technique. Just as important as the surgery itself, however, is the recovery and rehabilitative process. Your body needs to heal following surgery. Premature strain on the surgically repaired joint, poor rehabilitation, or any other misguided activity can greatly setback any recovery process.
And this is especially true with cutting-edge fusion surgeries, which has gained popularity in recent years to repair any number of foot ailments, including bunions, hammer toes, fallen arches, and weakened joints. In these procedures, also known as arthrodesis, the surgeon will resect tissue in a joint, align bones, and use hardware to fixate the joint as the bones fuse together into a newly stabilized joint.
Even after a successful surgery, complications are still possible if the patient is not given proper direction during the recovery process. Each patient is unique and healing times can be affected by any number of variables, including age, diet, weight, and genetic factors. However, most patients require 6 to 8 weeks of non-weight bearing, if not longer, to recover from podiatric fusion surgery. This allows the bone and tissue to heal without the stress of movement and pressure from walking.
Following this period of inactivity, the patient should maintain a supervised therapeutic program that gradually increases weight-bearing and movement, while protecting the surgically-repaired foot with protective devices, including casts, walking boots, and CAM walkers. Patience during this process is crucial to build up strength and stamina in the foot, while avoiding injury to the healing tissue.
If a strict recovery regiment is not followed, serious complications may arise. Premature activity on the surgically-repaired joint may cause injury to the joint that may require further surgery. Remember, the bones in your foot are delicate. Failing to allow the fusion process to finish before resuming normal activity can lead to drastic injury and permanent disability.
Even after a successful surgery, you are not out of the woods. Fully recovering from invasive surgery, particularly an arthrodesis (or joint fusion surgery), can be a long process, and requires patience and discipline. It also requires supervision and direction from a trained medical professional. If you are suffering following podiatric surgery and are not recovery in a timely manner, you may not be receiving adequate and reasonable care from your healthcare professional.
Freidin Brown, P.A. has been representing medical malpractice victims throughout Florida for over 40 years, and we have extensive experience in handling podiatric cases of all sorts. If you are a victim of negligence from a podiatric surgery, we will fight to help you fight for your rights.
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David E. Werner is an associate at Freidin Brown, P.A. who specializes in personal injury, medical malpractice, commercial litigation, and consumer class action claims. David is a 2006 graduate of Yale University, where he won a national championship as a member of the Lightweight Crew Team. He also earned his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida.