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    Old 06-02-2006, 01:10 AM   #1
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    Question Facing a bunionectomy, help! Podiatrist vs. orthopedic surgeon

    Hi all!

    I am new to to this board (unfortunately ) but I am glad to have found a place to get advice and info from people who have dealt with foot problems like mine! I have a mild bunion (but still painful at times) and a fractured sesamoid bone in my left foot.

    I will most likely be facing a bunionectomy and removal of the sesamoid bones soon. I am still trying to find the right person to perform the surgery. So here is my question (just one of many, I'm sure!) for those of you who have experienced a bunionectomy and are familiar with podiatrists and/or orthopedic surgeons:

    Would you recommend a podiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon, and why?

    I look forward to gaining a wealth of knowledge from all of you! I know I'll probably learn more about my foot problems here than I ever would have wanted to know!


    Thanks!
    Carolyn

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    Old 06-02-2006, 02:47 AM   #2
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    Re: Facing a bunionectomy, help! Podiatrist vs. orthopedic surgeon

    Carolyn, Welcome aboard. This is where I started too. I was really afraid after reading some of the experiences of others. I read all the posts for the past couple of years through a google search. Anyway, I know some people who used a podiatrist and wanted to know why I didn't. I chose an OS because of the great results my husband has had thru 3 knee surgeries.
    I had my surgery on both feet May 2. I went to my doctor for one foot and he said both were pretty bad. He didn't want me to get both done at the same time, but I didn't want or have the time to take off from work twice. So I chose to do both. The first few days were the worst. From 2 different people that I know, I thought I was going to need a wheel chair. These two people also used a podiatrist. They were totally NWB for about 6-8 weeks. My doctor said no. He didn't want me to start relying on it. He said he wanted me walking when I felt like it. My doctor is also a sports medicine doctor. So I knew his job was to get people back to 100% capability as quickly as possible. I am 4 weeks post op. I've been back to work for two weeks. I've had some good and bad days.

    Anyway, sorry I rambled on instead of answering your question I recommend an OS. You will get many who will tell you why they like a podiatrist.

    There's lots of help information on this web site for your post op experiences.By the way, I had pins put in both feet, arthritis taken out, bunions removed, tendons and muscles(I believe, not sure here) cut and tightened and of course the bone needs to be broke in the foot

    Keep us informed on your dates and how you do. Deb

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    Old 06-02-2006, 04:42 AM   #3
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    Re: Facing a bunionectomy, help! Podiatrist vs. orthopedic surgeon

    Hi, i used a podatrist 4 mths ago. my feel on it is that all they do is feet.so thats a plus. I have a nice result and am happy with my choice. i was never nwb. i dont believe thats a good thing..most docs want you to walk soon after surgery. Now, my daughter at age 14 had her bunion done by an orhopedic surgeon and had a fabulous result too. so, i guess its your choice. do some homework, try to find people in area that have had it done..good luck

     
    Old 06-02-2006, 09:42 AM   #4
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    Re: Facing a bunionectomy, help! Podiatrist vs. orthopedic surgeon

    jules, I agree with you. I've read good things about podiatrist and OS. I think you are right that it's good when your doctor doesn't insist on you being NWB.
    I don't remember who, but someone wrote that their doctor told them that he has them be NWB so that they won't walk improperly. I realize I'm not walking like I used to do, but I am walking and keeping my muscles in tone. It's still a little difficult for me to put a lot of pressure on my foot right under where the surgery was done. That area is still a little tender. Each day gets better though.

    Anyway, personal research is the key. Have a great day. Deb

     
    Old 06-02-2006, 09:57 AM   #5
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    Re: Facing a bunionectomy, help! Podiatrist vs. orthopedic surgeon

    My recommendation is go with who has the most experience doing successsful bunionectomies. Interview the doctor, after all you are hiring them to do a job - surgery to your feet. Ask your Primary Care doctor who they would want operating on their feet. As far as Orthropedic Drs go, look for the Foor and Ankle Specialists (they will have served a foot and ankle fellowship and are member of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society), the foot is pretty complex. Ask around for recommendations. I actually had a Podiatrist do my bunion, he is part of an Orthopedic Group - go figure. In the area I live, the OS tend not to do bunionectomies and podiatrists (also look for a pod to be a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons) do. Questions to ask:

    How many bunion procedures do you do a year?
    What procedure would you perform?
    Healing process/time frame/NWB, etc.
    Potential Problems

    Write down your questions, that way you will have something to refer to.
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    Old 06-02-2006, 10:46 AM   #6
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    Re: Facing a bunionectomy, help! Podiatrist vs. orthopedic surgeon

    I went to an OS, largely bc that's where my primary care referred me, for the initial consultation....and I was comfortable with the OS and his approach. Also, once I told others I was having this done, people asked who would be doing it, and they either didn't know the doc, or they said wonderful things about him. As Eko suggests, go with an OS who is a foot and ankle specialist....my OS is in surgery 2 1/2 days/week, every week....and does nothing but feet, ankles, and occasional simple knee stuff.

    One additional comment -- I've had bunions --oops...DID have bunions (!) from my early teens, until a couple of months ago (I'm almost 48) -- I saw a podiatrist about a dozen years ago, who said -- " I could remove the bunions, but they'd only come back" and "the pain in your toes is from arthritis, so take Naproxyn (now, Aleve)". When I finally decided to do something about it, it was largely bc I figured I'm old enough now, that I'd be nearly 80, before they were as bad as they were now.

    The truth, after seeing the OS, and having x-rays done, is that -- if done properly (see footsy's post, about not only cutting off the bunion, but also cutting/realigning the bone, and cutting tendons/ligaments) -- is that the bunions won't come back....and also - I don't have arthritis, so I didn't have it a dozen yrs ago, and the pain that I was told was arthritis was a result of the mis-aligned bones. This doesn't mean podiatrists are bad -- just that the one I went to, was bad.

    Fortunately, I only have 2 feet, and I'm post op 7 weeks for foot 1, and 4 weeks for foot 2. But if I had to do this again, I'd go with the OS.

    hope this helps. good luck, and let us know what you do.

     
    Old 06-02-2006, 08:43 PM   #7
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    Re: Facing a bunionectomy, help! Podiatrist vs. orthopedic surgeon

    I had bunionectomies done on both feet, one year apart. I used a podiatrist (same one) for both surgeries. I was never NWB and both times I went back to work on the 10th day after surgery. I had a very good experience with a podiatrist. I think what is key is the amount of experience they have performing the surgery that you are going to have.

    Good luck with your surgery.

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    Old 06-06-2006, 12:17 PM   #8
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    I am new here..never knew that they made a group for people with shattered ankles...I fell in 2004 and shattered my left ankle..they put screws and plate in and now it hurts like anything...I have a brace to wear to help me keep my foot straight..when I went to see my Doctor yesterday he said that my foot is getting worse and he wants to fuse where you bend your ankle...he said that there are cysts there also and Athritis has set in really bad..I am so scared of more surgery..I told him that I want to enjoy my summer with my family ...he wanted to do it right away..the thing that upset me was that I did ask him about a scooter just to use camping ,going to carnivals,and around town as I can't walk it...he said no your to young..tried to walk to town but had to turn around as I couldn't do it ...it hurt really bad..I feel as tho I am 60 right now because I have had other medical problems and have put on the weight and do try to exercise as much as I can and with walking uphill it hurts my back also..now I am getting depressed more and don't know what to do...any suggestions would be greatful thanks..Marge

     
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    Re: Facing a bunionectomy, help! Podiatrist vs. orthopedic surgeon

    I had mine done by a podiatrist. Either can do a good job; however, not every doctor can do a great job. Thus, I would get a couple of opinions and also ask other patients about their experiences with certain docs. I got 4 opinions. One guy seemed to be overly aggressive, one seemed like he could care or less, another seemed like he liked quick fixes, and the one I fianlly chose seemed to take a serious conservative approach.

    CAUTION: Although an earlier poster had success with NWB, please know that your foot problems are very unique and personal to you and I would follow recommendations by your doc about weight bearing. Bunions seem universal, but they actually vary in severity. Mine was very severe, plus I had toe work, special pins and screws in 2nd and 3rd toes. I was instructed NWB for 4 weeks. I had a very successful recovery. I did have some muscle atrophy in my calf, but I would rather have that than a dislodged pin from bearing weight too soon. There is a sticky substance in the bone that has to build up to seal in the work that has been done to your foot. If your doctor tells you NWB, it is best to listen to your doctor.

     
    Old 06-06-2006, 04:35 PM   #10
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    I am new here..never knew that they made a group for people with shattered ankles...I fell in 2004 and shattered my left ankle..they put screws and plate in and now it hurts like anything...I have a brace to wear to help me keep my foot straight..when I went to see my Doctor yesterday he said that my foot is getting worse and he wants to fuse where you bend your ankle...he said that there are cysts there also and Athritis has set in really bad..I am so scared of more surgery..I told him that I want to enjoy my summer with my family ...he wanted to do it right away..the thing that upset me was that I did ask him about a scooter just to use camping ,going to carnivals,and around town as I can't walk it...he said no your to young..tried to walk to town but had to turn around as I couldn't do it ...it hurt really bad..I feel as tho I am 60 right now because I have had other medical problems and have put on the weight and do try to exercise as much as I can and with walking uphill it hurts my back also..now I am getting depressed more and don't know what to do...any suggestions would be greatful thanks..Marge
    Marge - you need to start a new post so people can see your questions and respond to them. I can relate to the frustration with your ankle, although my issue is not as drastic as yours, at least I am not looking a fusion yet (knock on wood). I decided to have surgery early this spring, I have it in April, in hope that I will be able to enjoy late summer and into fall. No one enjoys the prospect of having surgery, it just just something you have to such up and do. There is no good time, because after summer comes the holidays, and then something else and the cycle just keeps repeating. If you cannot walk, you're not going to really enjoy the summer. I know, it puts a crimp in the summer camping plans (it has already ours), and it will inconvenience the family. It is something you are going to have to decide to do.

    I have survived six weeks of non-weight bearing by renting a wheel chair, and I have a Roll-A-Bout that I use instead of crutches for getting around. I alsobuilt a temporary ramp so I could get in and out of my house and go places. When you decide to have the surgery, plan ahead, we have lots of tips on the board for surviving surgery.

    Wish you well. -eko
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    Re: Facing a bunionectomy, help! Podiatrist vs. orthopedic surgeon

    A podiatrist has done both of my surgerys, a bunionectiomie with a lapidus realignment of my first two toes. It is 8 monts and I am still not walking. I am now going to and orthopedic Dr and She wants to take a bone from my hip and put in my foot. Both previous surgerys have ended up a non union of my bone. I am a non smoker and very complyed with his orders. At this point I am not sure if I will ever walk. The orthopedic Dr. tod me friday that it is her goal to get me walking but it did not look good. If you are not mysrible with your bunions, DON"T do it. I have regreated it daily for 8 months. Never will I see another poditrist. The surgery is a million times worse than the bunions were and I suffered for years before the decision came to procced with surgery. I wish you luck and you have my prayers. Choose the ORTHOPEDIC DR.

     
    Old 06-15-2006, 09:29 PM   #12
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    I had a double bunionectomy & hammertoe correction done by a very experienced podiatrist who came recommended by three physiciansómy primary doctor and two personal friends who practice at his hospital. I think the individual doctorís ability, experience, reputation, etc. are more important than his credentials. (Podiatrist vs. OS) I was NWB for only a week (during which time I could walk to the bathroom), then advised to wear gym shoes and walk as much as was comfortable for me. Five weeks later I walk quite a bit, although I have not yet exceeded half a mile at one time or more than two hours of being on my feet continuously. I was given free use of an electric wheel chair and while I havenít needed it, it has given me the freedom to do things I couldnít have done otherwise. I used it to go out alone to the library, a park, a doctorís appointment, etc. (all 1-3 miles away) when I didnít have a car available. Of course I could have asked friends for rides, but it was nice to be able to be independent and I really enjoyed tooling around outside on beautiful sunny days. I also used it when I went with my husband to a music fest in downtown Chicago where neither parking nor the train station was within walking distance for me; also for a couple times of extended shopping. I have not been dependent on it; I walk as much as possible, but realistically, even when a doctor gives no NWB restrictions, there are limits on how much we can do the first few weeks after surgery. I didn't need a handicapped parking permit because I always had a driver who could drop me off at the door when I couldnít walk far, but I bet it would be very useful for someone who plans on driving him/herself around during the first few weeks of recovery. In the end, I think my doctorís advice has been good for meóBe active, but listen to your feet. It can be scary reading on this board about peopleís difficult experiences. It is good to be aware of what could happen and good to be able to encourage those who have problems, but remember that the statistical odds of serious complications are very low.

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    Old 09-18-2006, 10:54 AM   #13
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    Marge - you need to start a new post so people can see your questions and respond to them. I can relate to the frustration with your ankle, although my issue is not as drastic as yours, at least I am not looking a fusion yet (knock on wood). I decided to have surgery early this spring, I have it in April, in hope that I will be able to enjoy late summer and into fall. No one enjoys the prospect of having surgery, it just just something you have to such up and do. There is no good time, because after summer comes the holidays, and then something else and the cycle just keeps repeating. If you cannot walk, you're not going to really enjoy the summer. I know, it puts a crimp in the summer camping plans (it has already ours), and it will inconvenience the family. It is something you are going to have to decide to do.

    I have survived six weeks of non-weight bearing by renting a wheel chair, and I have a Roll-A-Bout that I use instead of crutches for getting around. I alsobuilt a temporary ramp so I could get in and out of my house and go places. When you decide to have the surgery, plan ahead, we have lots of tips on the board for surviving surgery.

    Wish you well. -eko
    Hi, Kathjack.

    I am new to the board and to the Chicago medical community. You speak very highly of your podiatrist. Would you be willing to share his or her name? I need to get a bunionectomy done and so far have not been thrilled with the one podiatrist and one orthopedic surgeon with whom I met.

    Thanks - and I hope your recovery has gone well. Annchi

     
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    Hi, Kathjack.

    I am new to the board and to the Chicago medical community. You speak very highly of your podiatrist. Would you be willing to share his or her name? I need to get a bunionectomy done and so far have not been thrilled with the one podiatrist and one orthopedic surgeon with whom I met.

    Thanks - and I hope your recovery has gone well. Annchi
    Annchi,
    Kathjack posted these details in my thread entitled "another double bunionectomy update." My surgery was done in Des Plaines, although my doctor (who was great) has several offices in the Chicago area. Hope my info and Kathjack's will give you someplace to start. One thing I love about living in a major metropolitan area is CHOICE. No matter what you want, you can probably find it around here.
    Good luck!
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    Hi~ My podiatrist was Dr. William Finn from the Acorn Podiatry Center on the corner of Lake St. & Harlem in Oak Park, IL. He does his surgery at West Suburban/Resurrecton Hospital on Austin Blvd., also in Oak Park. I am now four months post-surgery and doing very well-- I take long walks and can be on my feet all day. Best wishes!

     
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