Posted , 6 users are following.
I'm in Sydney Australia and am considering bunion surgery. I've consulted with both Dr. Peter LAM, who specialises in minimally invasive (MI) surgery, and with Dr Sameer Viswanathan (head of orthopaedics at Campbelltown Hospital) who used to do MI surgery but doesn't do it anymore as he believes better results are had from traditional bunion surgery, where he can visually correct the deformities.
Dr Lam is a lot more expensive and didn't say that bunions could re-occur (which the other doctor advised due to my age, they could - I'm in my late thirties), though it does appear that the MI technique has a lot quicker recovery time, and Dr Lam is an expert in it. However Dr Viswanthan is mostly covered by my health insurance provider, so a lot less out of pocket expenses and he said there was less chance of damaging the soft tissue through traditional bunion surgery, so it was a better option long term.
Does anyone have any experience with either of these doctors or the procedures themselves? Any thoughts or suggestions? I'm rather confused about which procedure to go with. The MI surgery is looking to be about $6000 out of pocket and the traditional surgery is around $1500. So a fair bit of difference, and I do know that you often get what you pay for, however Dr Viswanthan is the head of the department at a large Sydney Hospital (as well as a lecturer at a university), so he obviously knows what he's about... But then so does Dr Lam re the MI technique. Feeling very confused...
0 likes, 6 replies