Some Guidelines For Choosing A Bunion Surgeon
Obviously bunion surgeons with significant experience in bunion surgery may be better suited to perform your bunion surgery. This does not mean you are guaranteed not to have a complication, rather an experienced surgeon may have less technically-associated complications. Additionally, an experienced foot surgeon may better choose the type of surgery that’s best suited for you.
Find a Board Certified Bunion Surgeon
The quickest way to feel confident that your surgeon is qualified to perform your bunion surgery is to find a Board Certified surgeon. This is probably the most important thing you can do. Board Certification status indicates that the surgeon has demonstrated to his/her peers a specific knowledge in their specialty.
For Podiatric Surgeons the most recognized surgical Board Certification is the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery. Orthopedists are Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (not all orthopedists specialize in foot surgery however there are Foot & Ankle fellowships).
Foot and Ankle surgery is performed by both Podiatric Surgeons and Orthopedists. Both professions have excellent surgeons as well as those who are less than excellent. You should pick your surgeon based on his/her specific training in the field of foot surgery, individual experience, qualifications and “bed-side manner”.
Experience counts! It is likely that a surgeon with significant experience will better be able to perform your surgery as well as manage any complications that may occur after your surgery.
Does age matter? A little bit of gray hair can makes one feel better when picking a surgeon. One would like to think that your surgeon got those gray hairs (or lost hair) during years of experience and sleepless nights caring for patients. Younger surgeons may have more experience, employ advanced techniques and/or utilize the latest technology.
Look at Their Results
Ask your surgeon if you can see pictures of the surgical results they've gotten. At our office, we're more than happy to show you our results!
Perform A Google Search On Your Bunion Surgeon
A general internet search on your doctor may not tell you much about his or her capabilities but this gives you an opportunity to learn more about your Surgeon. Review sites such as Google and Yelp may provide additional information.