I have a large rheumatoid nodule on the side of my foot. It is very painful and weeping a bit. Would removal be an option?I have a large rheumatoid nodule on the side of my foot. It is very painful and weeping a bit. Would removal be an option?

I have been undergoing treatment (IV antibiotics) for a month for the rheumatoid nodule on my left foot, but it is still very painful at times and continues to have a small amount of discharge. In 2012 I had a very similar nodule on my right foot and the infection got into my bloodstream and destroyed my heart valve. I had open heart surgery in October 2012 and have been doing great until the nodule on my left foot became infected. I am worried the same thing might happen so I would like to have it removed. But would this cause more problems than I now have? How safe is this surgery?

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