Bunion Surgery: A Minimally Invasive Alterative

Bunion Surgery: A Minimally Invasive Alterative

Bunions are a common problem for many seniors with more than five million Australian’s suffering from the painful foot condition. The good news is, this issue can be easily fixed with minimally invasive bunion surgery.

73-year-old Sue Strong discovered that her bunion issues can be an easy fix with little to no pain. At one point, the Helensvale resident’s bunion became so painful she could no longer wear shoes. That was when she decided something had to be done.

“Any time my bone touched or rubbed something the pain was excruciating and I just couldn’t bare it any longer,” said Sue.

“I told my GP I wanted to go to Gold Coast Private Hospital and she put me onto Dr Platt as she’d heard very good things about him.

“When I walked in I was delighted with his approach and manner. I actually really enjoyed my appointment.

“I had already researched minimally invasive bunion surgery and he confirmed I was a good candidate for it.

“The surgery itself was so quick – my appointment was at 12.30pm and I was home just after 5pm the same day.

“I couldn’t believe it, but I had not one ounce of pain from my surgery. Obviously coming home that first night I’d have had pain control from the anaesthetic, and I was prescribed Panamax but I only took it for the first day and really just as a precaution. It’s been amazing.”

New Technology Improving Bunion Surgery

Sue had been referred to Gold Coast Private orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist Dr Simon Platt. Dr Platt an expert in minimally invasive surgical techniques that help reduce pain in the post-operative phase. Dr Platt said Sue’s bunion was the result of a deformity, making her a great candidate for minimally invasive surgery.

“In the past, bunion surgery has garnered a reputation for being extremely painful with a long and difficult recovery – but with today’s techniques, this is rarely the case,” said Dr Platt.

“My patients who have minimally invasive bunion surgery are usually surprised about the appearance of their foot – which has just a couple of small incisions that heal quickly and leave virtually no scars.

“What we do to the bone is the same whether you have open surgery or minimally invasive surgery, so it’s important to remember that the bone takes just as long to heal regardless of which method is used.

“What we’ve seen is that patients who have minimally invasive, also known as ‘keyhole’ surgery, experience less swelling, discomfort and pain due to the fact that less soft tissue is disrupted.

“This also results in a faster recovery initially, but the long-term recovery is the same.”

Receive minimally invasive bunion surgery from Dr Simon Platt at the Gold Coast Private Hospital and be free of pain today!
Dr Simon Platt of the Gold Coast Private Hospital

Be Free of the Pain

For Sue, the procedure has been life changing.

“I’m only a few weeks post-surgery so I’ve still got to wait for the bone to fully recover but I am pain-free and I can’t wait to wear shoes again,’ she said.

“The recovery has been easy because the wounds are so small – like scratches really. I do my own bandages and my husband couldn’t believe it when we first took them off and he saw virtually nothing on my foot.”

Sue hopes her story will encourage others who are suffering from bunions to seek the right treatment. She also hopes that people will not be put-off by the idea of surgery.

“Anyone with a bunion knows how excruciating it is,” said Sue.

“For me, surgery has eliminated that pain. I hope anyone in my situation can get the same relief.”

Bunion Surgery: Non-Surgical Treatment Alternatives

Dr Simon Platt said non-surgical treatments such as bunion braces and silicon spacers could provide short-term relief. He said while surgery should always be the last option, it provided more reliable long-term corrections.

“Most people I see have tried conservative treatment methods but the pain has become too great to bare. They want to know their options,” he said.

“Generally, most people who have a bunion caused be deformity can have minimally invasive surgery, but I thoroughly investigate every patient and decide the best treatment method based on their individual circumstances.”

Minimally invasive bunion surgery is performed in Gold Coast Private Hospital’s Day Surgery Centre. Patients are discharged the same day. Dr Platt said patients with two bunions could have them operated on simultaneously, further reducing recovery times.

“Patients can expect to be able to walk and mobilise immediately after surgery in a post-operative shoe, which is worn for an average of six weeks,” he said.

“After this time, people can wean back into normal shoes and activities including running.”

Gold Coast Private patient and bunion surgery reciever Sue Strong
Gold Coast Private patient Sue Strong

For more information contact Dr Platt or visit your GP for a referral. Dr Simon Platt, Gold Coast Specialist Suites, Gold Coast Private Hospital, 14 Hill Street, Southport, Qld, 4215. T: (07) 5530 0770. Check out the website for the Gold Coast Private Hospital here.

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Cosmetic Surgery Demand Spike in Boomers

Cosmetic Surgery Demand Spike in Boomers

New statistics reveal that there has been an increase in cosmetic surgery among those 55 and older to enhance their look from head to toe. The rise of dating websites and apps have changed the dating scene. This is leading singles to make judgments on potential dates as fast as they can swipe their screen. With millions of Boomers actively using at least one of these dating services, they want to look their best. They want to feel confident in the modern dating world. This phenomenon is happening all over the world.

Subtle Changes from Cosmetic Surgery

“I’ve definitely noticed more baby boomers making appointments to explore which cosmetic surgeries can help them look as young as they feel,” said Anne Taylor, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon. “They’re not necessarily looking to turn back the clock to their twenties, but just to make some subtle changes to put their best face forward. For example, a lot of my patients have expressed concerns about their neck or double chin, especially when it comes to looking downward to take a photo or video chat on their phones.”

Dr. Taylor says boomers are interested in a wide range of procedures, both surgical and minimally invasive. The statistics show that surgeries such as liposuction (up 4%), hair transplantation (up 18%) and breast augmentation (up 4%) were popular among older patients. Smaller tweaks to freshen their look, such as Botox (up 3%) and fillers (up 3%) also increased significantly among those 55 and older.

There's a multitude of different cosmetic surgeries you can do to feel like yourself again!
There’s a multitude of different cosmetic surgeries you can do to feel like yourself again!

Regain Your Confidence

55-year-old Jody Pinkerton says she chose to have a tummy tuck and breast augmentation to help her feel more like herself. After her divorce, her new look also gave her the confidence to create an online dating profile and begin meeting new people. “Online dating can be scary, and you really need to be able to put yourself out there. People are initially judging you on a few photos, and I wanted to make sure I could have current photos that really represented who I am and made a good first impression.”

Having the courage to explore the modern dating scene eventually led Pinkerton to her husband, who she met online. “I have found my soulmate, and I don’t know if our paths would have ever crossed had I not been on that site,” she said.

Says Dr. Taylor, “My boomer patients are confident and accomplished men and women, and they just want to look in the mirror and see the person they feel they are inside. Finding the right cosmetic procedures can give them that extra boost of confidence when venturing into a new chapter of their lives.”  

Live your best life and feel like yourself again with this cosmetic surgery
Live your best life and feel like yourself again!

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