In 2010, I was having a nice stroll in my garden when I suddenly twisted my ankle, completely lose my balance and fell. I was bedridden for an entire day. And I took rest for another week as well without going to my office. The pain subsided slowly. And I went back to my daily duties and even went back to the office for a day. But I realized then that my feet, especially my right foot was still giving me trouble. I needed immediate treatment. I decided to visit a very famous doctor here, Dr. Jeremiah Graff for my surgery. I had seen several billboards advertising his services all along Piano, Tx and this was the reason I decided to seek his services.
He examined me and informed me that he would have to perform intense invasive surgery on three of my toes to relieve me of the pain. An operation would have to be done on my first, fourth and fifth toe even though the pain was only in the fourth toe. The procedure on my first toe would be an intensive bunyon surgery, extensive than most others. Besides, I would have to use crutches for five weeks post the procedure. There would be a scar as well. The doctor saw my apprehensive face and assured me that he would use a specialized technique to make sure that I would be almost scar-less. I thought he was very experienced and agreed to this.
The surgery was scheduled on May 5, 2010. He was late that day, by almost thirty minutes. He hurriedly did the procedure, and this left me in intense pain for weeks to come. I assumed this was normal because this had been a very intensive surgery. However, soon after the surgery, I developed a significant infection on my foot. To my horror, I learned that it was his clumsiness that had resulted in my leg in that condition. Had I opted for a standard procedure, then this would not have happened to me.
I had to go back to that horrible doctor for cleaning my infected wound. You can imagine my condition! I experienced a lot of pain that day. He assured me that it would get much much better with time. But that was not to be so. It has been almost eight months since I got that surgery and even today, I am experiencing immense pain while walking.
What’s more! I cannot put pressure on any of my toes after that incident. It has been an excruciating journey for me after seeing that doctor. I finally decided that it was time for me to get a second opinion on my condition. My husband took me to another doctor, who lived far away but had a far better reputation. He made an X-ray of my toes and informed me that the doctor had taken off more bone than that was necessary. This was the reason for my prolonged pain. He also told me to approach Dr. Graff and ask for a refund. And I did. I called up their clinic and explained my entire condition. But the receptionists kept arguing with me and told me that it was not possible for a refund at this stage. Enraged, I called up my insurance company, and they said to me that there was nothing that they could do on the matter. My husband and I are not looking at legal procedures. It is high time that this crook was taught a lesson. The medical profession is a very noble one, and it is deplorable when such highly unprofessional people take up the job.
I understand that I should have done my research thoroughly before visiting someone whose only credibility as a doctor came from the multiple advertisements that I had seen along our roads. After that particular incident, I have talked to several friends of mine and to my horror, I found out that this was not an isolated incident.
I learned that another friend of mine had approached the same doctor when he had gotten a ligament tear on his left ankle. He was an avid basketball player and had gotten the injury while he was out playing on the field. One day, he fell severely during a practice session. Thank God that this did not happen during the actual match and there would have been several complications in fixing this. He went to Dr. Graff. The doctor took one look at the wound and prescribed an invasive surgery for this. My friend was in immense pain and thinking that the doctor knew best, he agreed. It took my friend nearly eight weeks to completely recover, and he has never been able to return to the field. He did not have any trouble for the first four weeks after the surgery, but he found that he could not run like before. This time, he did not visit Dr. Graff but another doctor who was a close friend of his. This new doctor informed him that the reattachment of the ligament had not been carried out correctly. My friend’s life was down the drain. To this day, he has not been able to return to his healthy lifestyle. My friend has been provided with no follow-up or after-care. He is also considering a case against this doctor.
My feet still hurt very badly from a procedure that I got nearly eight years back. Stay away from this fraud! He will only try to steal your money. Their billing system is also extremely faulty. He is not worth your time, I promise.