Bunion / Hammer toes / Reconstructive / Cosmetic Foot Surgery
Dr. Robert P. Thiele is an expert in the repair of all bunion deformities with over 16 years of hospital and private practice experience. The procedure is performed at the hospital or surgery center under intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. The procedure takes approximately 40-50 minutes to perform. Post operatively, you will be discharged to home 1-2 hours after the procedure. The doctor will prescribe an antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and pain medication to be taken post operatively to keep you comfortable. Most patients have little discomfort after the procedure which is sufficiently controlled by the prescribed medications. Dr. Thiele has performed thousands of these procedures. He is often asked to lecture and teach his techniques to colleagues, residents, and students. Using the most advanced techniques and years of experience, he provides his patients with a superior functional and cosmetic result. Unlike most foot surgeons, he is able to perform the procedure through a medial (side) approach which hides the scar much better than a dorsal (top) approach. He is also well trained and experienced with revisional bunion surgery from previous failed / recurred procedures. Given his experience, he is often asked by his colleagues to take over the more difficult cases. There are several types of bunion procedures which are selected based on the degree of your condition. Dr. Thiele will explain the procedure selection, risks, potential complications, and the post operative course in detail during your evaluation and pre operative consultation.
Dr. Thiele has performed thousands of hammer toes repairs. He uses a very small incision to repair these deformities. If applicable, he tries to hide the scar in the joint crease of the skin. This allows the patient to have a very small near non visible scar. He generally will use an absorbable pin to hold the toe in the corrected position which does not stick out of the skin unlike formal K-wire fixation. He tries not to use an external pin (K-wire) unless required on a very deformed toe or a patient with very poor bone quality. Dr. Thiele is well trained and experience with plantar plate tears as well. This is a more complex form of a hammer toe and often requires a very technical repair that most foot surgeons are not trained to perform.