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Why does my orthopedic surgeon practice medicine?

Posted Nov 13 2010 8:43am
I am no fan of Obama Care.  I am a firm believer that every responsible person should have some sort of medical insurance.  It is responsible.  There should not be a "pre existing" issue because people should not ever be without insurance.


And this comes from a person with a history of cancer and orthopedic issues.


At this moment, I have osteomyelitis in my left tibia.  I had surgery to clean out the bone infection on 9-13-2010.  Sadly, the surgery was not a success.  


The reason for the surgery's failure is less important than the fact that no one in the hospital listened to me when I mentioned that the wound was opening two days after the surgery or that the wound was wide open on the day of discharge.  


My surgeon (who is featured on the video) http://tiny.cc/ao1rk never explained the surgery to me, never scheduled a follow up appointment with me.  And why should he?  He earns much more money as the surgical advisor for:


1.  Zimmer Orthopedics
2.  Amedica Corporation
3.  DePuy Orthopedics
4.  etc.


I begrudge no one making money.  I am a capitalist.  The problem I have is that joint replacements are becoming a money maker like cosmetic Botox injections being given by dentists.  But even "surgical advisors" don't know how to prevent, diagnose, treat osteomyelitis (a bone infection which is common for immune compromised patients who have foreign metal objects placed in their body)


My orthopedic surgeon had no intention of following my care and everyone knew the wound was open. What if I was 75 years old, rehabbing from a hip replacement and in a nursing home?  Chances would be heightened that I would have a complicated wound issue.  


My metal was placed in December 2004 and hurt everyday until it was removed in July 2010.  The infection did not become obvious until the metal was removed.  And, it is very difficult to locate a surgeon that can properly treat the bone infection.


Ask questions before agreeing to have metal (especially joint replacement) placed in your body.  Is your orthopedic surgeon a surgeon or a sales rep for an orthopedic device company?


By the way, thanks Dr. Chris Dangles (Carle Clinic in Urbana) for performing the unnecessary surgeries that started the last 10 years of nightmare.
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