Bunion Surgery - Minimally Invasive Technique Testimonials
For nearly 50 years (I’m now 61) I had expected to need bunion surgery at some stage as my mother had severe bunions which required surgery and even as a young teenager I had an obvious deformity on one foot. In my late twenties this began to cause intermittent pain so my GP referred me to an NHS consultant who however would not treat me until I was in constant pain.
As a keen walker I opted instead for prescription orthotics and carried on walking long distances on a regular basis for the next 30 years or so, though in due course the other foot also developed a bunion and both worsened progressively until comfortable walking boots became first difficult and then impossible to find – even when professionally stretched. In the process I acquired enough unsuitable boots to open my own shop and a vast range of footcare products: toe separators, bunion guards, corn plasters, padding and so on.
Preparing for a walk became ever more complicated and time-consuming to the point where I could only postpone the discomfort for a while and began gradually to have to reduce my usual distance to little more half despite having the same amount of energy and enthusiasm. I also tore the cartilage of one knee twice in less than a year and whether or not these injuries had an impact, my feet started to deteriorate at a faster rate.
I had concerns about the outcome of conventional bunion surgery and dreaded the enforced inactivity during the recovery period, so towards the end of 2017, when it was clear that I’d have to give up walking anyway if I left it much longer, my research led me to Mr Gordon and the minimally invasive method. The information on the website was invaluable – and I returned to it at intervals over the next 18 months – but I still had lots of questions, so I then spoke to Mr Gordon’s PA, Helen Sellars, who was exceptionally patient, helpful and informative – and remained so throughout, assisted by her equally supportive colleagues, Alison and Claire.
At the initial consultation in November 2017, I was reassured by Mr Gordon’s friendly and approachable manner and evident experience – and relieved that my feet were not beyond help. As Mr Gordon advised an interval of 6 weeks between the two operations, had I gone ahead at that point I would have been slightly too late to resume walking in the early spring of 2018. Despite the dire state of my feet I therefore postponed surgery until the end of that year, agreed my preferred dates with Helen and soldiered on.
In autumn 2018 I admitted defeat and had my first operation slightly early, in November, though leaving the second as planned, for January 2019, meaning I actually had a 9-week gap, which proved helpful. The consultation and x-ray appointments had been in London but I chose to have the operations at Spire Harpenden for ease of travel to and from the hospital and because I’m originally from Hertfordshire and still have a sister living there.
Both operations were excellent in every respect: having seen Mr Gordon several times by then I was well-prepared for the procedure and just as Mr Gordon inspires confidence, so too did his anaesthetist and surgical team. All the hospital staff I met were just as welcoming, friendly and caring so I was able to relax and enjoy the experience as much as possible.
After both operations I was fortunate to have my sister on hand to drive me home to Surrey and my (retired) partner there to look after me until I was more mobile. I had prepared as much as possible to live on one floor for the first week or two, including buying ice packs and a waterproof bandage cover for the shower; the only thing I was unsure about was how much pain, if any, to expect. After the first operation I was encouraged to start taking the painkillers before I was discharged so I don’t know how I would have felt without them, but it wasn’t until about 36 hours afterwards that I felt some discomfort and what there was, was brief and bearable with the minimum dose.
The benefit of a 9-week interval between the two operations was that I was able get out and start walking again. After the 6-week check-up, once in trainers, I built up the distance and by the week of the second operation I was as ready as possible for the next period of inactivity. Having timed my operations for the winter months, I wasn’t missing wonderful walking weather anyway and my preparation included a huge pile of library books. Other than the regular rehab exercises I had little to do so managed to read more books in my 8 weeks off work than in the entire decade before; I also enjoyed planning my holidays for 2019.
Postponing surgery for so long probably meant a more complicated procedure so I not only needed the big toes corrected but the 2nd and 3rd hammer toes on each foot too. As my feet seemed similar in this respect, I assumed the second operation – and recovery – would resemble the first, so I was surprised to experience significantly more pain afterwards and to need the painkillers rather than taking them as a precaution. The worst spell lasted no more than 24 hours but I continued to feel much more general discomfort until the bandage was removed at the 2-week check-up: the bandage itself was tighter this time; also, no doubt to improve the outcome, there was a stitch in the second toe which had not been the case before and placing any weight on the foot was unpleasant.
At the same time, though not as a result of the operation itself but probably the strict elevation position required afterwards, my lower back seized up within 24 hours of the second operation, so what with being unable to place my weight on the operated foot or to straighten my back, I had an awkward couple of weeks during which I could only hobble at best, but once the bandage was removed, the foot discomfort was instantly relieved - and I was able to travel to see the osteopath.
Other patients should not be concerned about this as I have a back problem so am used to having osteopathy as required; also, ceasing to wear prescription orthotics after the best part of 30 years was bound to mean a significant adjustment for my entire body, so I expected to need treatment at some stage after the operations anyway; it was simply part of the recovery process. I progressed to physiotherapy and then pilates to make the most of the transformation.
The operations have proved genuinely life-changing – and life-enhancing - for me and the results everything I hoped for. I feel very fortunate when I hear about the experiences of others who were treated elsewhere and with other procedures. Only afterwards did I discover that some friends hadn’t shared my confidence and were astonished by the speed of my recovery and the appearance of my transformed feet. Not that anyone will ever look enviously at my feet: they still aren’t photogenic but it’s function that matters to me and having that restored is priceless.
For a while it seemed as though everything revolved around my feet but it really wasn’t long before I could forget about them and get on with my life. I was self-funding and saw the cost as an investment in my future health and happiness. After having my life blighted by bunions for so long, I found it very empowering to be able to take charge and to choose the consultant, the procedure, the hospital and the dates of the operations.
A final surprise for me at the 6-month check-up: Mr Gordon showed me the x-rays taken earlier that day, revealing the extent of the new bone growth since surgery. I was already delighted by my new-look feet but this was an even better note on which to end.
Ms C A S, Redhill Surrey, August 2019
David Gordon’s excellent surgical skills and passion for his field combined with his kind, down-to-earth nature make him a gem of a consultant. I felt in very safe hands throughout my bunion treatment and I would not hesitate to recommend him, his team, and the minimally-invasive technique.
I have a family history of bunions and although I’ve had them on both feet since I was a teenager, they only began to trouble me in the last couple of years. My symptoms included shooting pains and soreness and a burning sensation when walking, preventing me from walking long distances and wearing several pairs of shoes.
Having heard colleagues’ stories of challenging recoveries following open bunion surgery, I researched the minimally-invasive technique and came across David who I first saw in summer 2017. At the age of 35 and with a five and two-year old at home, there was never going to be a ‘good’ time to have surgery and we decided upon an initial treatment of wider, softer shoes. David, however, explained from the outset that bunions are a progressive problem which worsen over time and given mine were already quite progressed for my age, surgery would be the best option if my symptoms continued.
And sure enough, they did, getting progressively worse over the following year. I decided to go ahead with surgery on both feet in October 2018 to avoid two separate six-week recovery stints. I felt the surgery went very well. Both David and his anaesthetist explained everything clearly at the pre-, during and post-op stages so I felt informed as to what to expect. I was able to go home after a few hours recovering and only really experienced pain for the first two-three days following my surgery. This was effectively controlled with take-home medication. Any questions I had following surgery were swiftly answered with follow up phone calls from David’s team and the anaesthetist.
Having my husband and children away for half term meant I was able to put my feet up (quite literally) for a week and tried to follow David’s ‘Post-Operative Rehab Protocol’ to the letter. This rest and following the exercises helped me recover quickly with minimal swelling after just a couple of weeks. Given the amount of correction David had performed, I continued to wear a wedge boot until 6-weeks post-op, at which stage I had no pain or swelling, was back in my normal shoes and back at the gym.
Around the 3-month post-surgery mark, I did experience pain again in one foot. David was thorough in investigating straight away and after a couple of weeks resting the foot and walking in a boot, the pain had completely gone. Now six months post-surgery, my tiny incisions are almost hard to spot, I can do every single toe and foot movement I could wish, have no pain at all when walking or at the gym and I can wear any shoes I choose – including eight-inch heels if I want (David’s words, not mine!)
David’s PA, Helen provided an excellent service throughout. She is very approachable and organised and alongside Alison and Claire in the office, the team were always on hand to answer any questions.
I am so happy with the result of surgery, and amazed at the effectiveness of the minimally invasive technique. Thank you!
Mrs W W, Seven Oaks, Kent, May 2019
I am in my mid-50s and have suffered from bunions on both feet for at least 30 years, the right foot more misshapen but less painful than the left until the past 2 years. My left foot then started to become more painful with the big toe laying over the next toe. I was experiencing piercing pain at night and finding shoes over the past 10 years that fitted and caused no pain was a major problem. Finding sandals for the summer was problematic with straps cutting into the bunion and also showing my unsightly feet.
I was also concerned about how the bunions were affecting my balance, as I have early onset Parkinson’s and was finding I was gripping my toes on my left foot to maintain balance in certain situations.
I had heard about keyhole surgery and researched online and decided that Dr David Gordon was the person to ask for advice. I had decided against the normal surgery procedure with the NHS as I had heard too many stories about long and painful recovery and also difficulty in obtaining consent from the GP.
On meeting Dr Gordon I felt comfortable to discuss my concerns. He was very reassuring and suggested that I have surgery on both feet at the same time. As I work full-time this seemed a good solution for me as it meant I would only need to take 6 weeks off work, as the recovery period would be the same for both feet. I was surprised that this was possible but Dr Gordon advised that with keyhole surgery it is quite common.
The day of my surgery went very well and I did not have any concerns or feel pain. I had a day room at the Spire Bushy Hospital and was monitored hourly by very professional staff. I was able to leave at the end of the day with customised footwear that made me work on my heels (I called them my Frankenstein shoes!) I also had crutches.
I am fortunate that my Partner is retired and he became my carer whilst I was recovering. I could not have managed at all if I had been at home on my own. I followed Dr Gordon’s instructions to the letter to aid recovery. This included staying in bed for the 1st week and most of the 2nd, then on the sofa with my feet elevated at all times; putting ice on feet every hour during the day and also doing exercises with the toes and later full feet, which became easier once the dressings were removed at the beginning of the 3rd week. I used the painkillers prescribed for the first 3 days but did not need them afterwards. There was still pain but it was manageable. Actually it was the aches and pains in my back and shoulders from lying in bed in one position that became more challenging.
I met with Dr Gordon on three occasions and had x-rays taken. These showed the screws and alignment of the toes and there were no complications. I was still limping after 6 weeks as my right toes felt very bruised but this went completely by the 4th month. I wore trainers two sizes bigger than normal from 6 weeks after surgery until the 4th month, to accommodate the swelling. I then wore flat, wide fitting ankle boots for the next two months. On my recent ‘all clear’ from Dr Gordon I was told I could wear whatever felt comfortable, including heels. That’s my next step!
All in all, the service provided by Dr Gordon, his staff and the Spire Bushy Hospital staff comes highly commended and I would not hesitate to recommend the procedure. I now have pain free and beautiful looking feet.
Ms A C, Uxbridge, Middx, January 2019
I have suffered with bunions since my teens (I am now 49) and over the years they have become progressively worse. Although I was not prevented from doing my normal activities, I suffered on a daily basis with throbbing pain around the bunion sites and struggled to find comfortable shoes to wear. I put off having surgery due to hearing reports of poor results and increased pain after surgery and also because of the long recovery period, months off work and not being able to drive when I had a young family. So, I just learned to live with the pain. However, in the last couple of years my bunions became more troublesome to the point where my big toe on my left foot had deviated so much that it was pushing my 2nd and 3rd toes underneath my 4th toe and I started to get pain underneath those toes as well when walking. That’s when I decided I needed to do something and plucked up the courage to see a consultant on the NHS with a view to having the left foot corrected via the traditional open surgery technique. It was only when my surgery was delayed, that I decided to look into alternatives and discovered that it was possible to have bunions corrected using a minimally invasive technique and that’s when I came across Mr Gordon’s website. Thank goodness I did!
After reading the testimonials and meeting Mr Gordon for the first time at my initial consultation, I knew straight away that he was the man for the job. His friendly, professional manner immediately put my mind at rest as he clearly explained the procedure and what to expect post-surgery. The minimally invasive technique meant that I could have both feet operated on at the same time, meaning only one period of recovery. Mr Gordon explained that as well as correcting both bunions he would also need to correct the 2nd and maybe the 3rd toe on my left foot to avoid a big gap once my big toe was straightened. The NHS consultant told me that those toes “would hopefully sort themselves out.”
I had my surgery on the 13th March this year at Spire Harpenden. I was really impressed by the hospital and I was extremely well looked after by Mr Gordon, the surgical team and nursing staff. The procedure went very well and I was home later that day with my feet heavily bandaged, weight bearing in post-operative sandals, with crutches for support. I felt surprisingly comfortable after the surgery and didn’t need to take the strong painkillers prescribed until the ankle blocks wore off, which for me, was 48 hours after the operation. The pain I felt then, came as a bit of a shock, but thankfully was short lived and I was very grateful for the painkillers for a couple of days. A reassuring phone conversation with Mr Gordon’s PA, Helen, immediately put my mind at rest as she explained that what I was feeling was all perfectly normal.
I followed Mr Gordon’s very clear and detailed post-operative rehab instructions and started the exercises when I felt comfortable to do so. Strict elevation was tough but I knew how essential it was to my recovery. I found it especially uncomfortable at night but I soon became used to it, and in fact continued to sleep with my feet on two pillows for about 2-3 months as I found it really helped to reduce the swelling at the end of the day.
The exercises on the left foot proved to be more difficult because, where I had my 2nd toe corrected, this needed to remain strapped for a further 4 weeks after the bandages came off and couldn’t be moved. Although Mr Gordon adapted the exercises for that foot and explained clearly what I needed to do, I found them quite tricky for fear of moving the strapped toe and as a result feel that my hesitation in doing the exercises properly may have accounted for the ‘slightly’ limited bending movement I now have in my left toe compared to my right. Having said that, I’m still really pleased with the range of movement I have and delighted that I can still point my toes!
At 6 weeks I was back at work and wearing normal shoes. For the first few weeks I found that I really needed a soft but supportive shoe and bought a pair of very light-weight Skechers with a sock-like fabric which were so easy to get on and like walking on air. Even though I still had swelling at that stage I found I was able to comfortably wear my normal shoe size. After that I was back wearing flat sandals with a heel strap for support, by 3 months I could comfortably wear flip flops with a toe post and by 5 months I could comfortably wear sandals with a block heel.
I was back driving short distances at 8 weeks.
I am now 8 months post-surgery and I’m absolutely delighted with the results. I’m back walking and running pain free with no swelling, my toes are beautifully straight and the incision scars are hardly noticeable - the difference is really amazing. I have always felt extremely self-conscious about my ‘deformed’ feet but now for the first time in years, I can proudly show them off. I am so thankful to Mr Gordon for his expertise and also to Helen for being so patient and reassuring whenever I contacted her with any worries. I have no hesitation at all in recommending Mr Gordon and just wish I had discovered him earlier!
Mrs D H, Arlesey, Hertfordshire, November 2018
I am a woman of 59 years and have increasingly suffered with a large bunion on my big toe and a very crooked and curved hammer toe which had started to tuck itself under my big toe for a few years now. After a lot of hesitating I finally decided to take the plunge after a discussion with someone in a similar situation and seeing her results. From start to end of my experience Mr Gordon and his team made me feel very comfortable and managed my expectations and patiently answered all my questions. Mr Gordon operated on my foot in October 2017. Now, 9 months on, I have no regrets about my decision even with some numbness in my big toe and inability to bend my hammer toe, which is understandable since it was severely deformed by the time of the operation and quite a bit of bone had to be removed. In fact it has been the hammer toe rather than the big toe bunion that has been the biggest challenge to settle down. My wish is that I had had this operation earlier. But regardless of this as said I have no regrets.
My symptoms before I had the operation were constant pain, throbbing in my big toe and regular blisters on the hammer toe. I was extremely limited in choice of footwear – needing low heel boots or similar and thus tended to avoid wearing dresses as I could not manage court shoes or similar. However, my reason for having this operation was not to do with fashion, but to do with increasing pain and limitations in walking and thus increasing limitations on my independence. My mother had similar problems and never got them sorted out and by the time she was in her 70s she was very limited about how far she could walk.
The surgery and recovery was almost entirely to the description given in the website. The instructions about what to do post recovery should absolutely be followed. I booked the operation in October so that by Xmas I hoped to be walking reasonably normally and driving again. This proved pretty much to be the case although I held back from driving until end of January purely due to my hammer toe – the latter taking the longer to recover. There is quite a lot of pain (probably more than I expected) so be prepared. The worst pain was when the foot block anaesthetic wore off about 12 hours after the operation. This was pretty excruciating. Strong pain killers were needed and I have never craved ice on my foot like I did before. However, by following the recovery plan guidelines everything settled down. Just be prepared and be realistic. You must be patient and must follow Mr Gordon’s recovery instructions to the letter!. During my recovery there were a couple of times when I was concerned. Both times caused by the hammer toe. On each occasion I received excellent help from Mr Gordon and his team.
So, now 9 months on – I am pretty pleased with the results. I have lovely straight toes and can wear a wider range of footwear than I have been able to do for many years. Mind you I am avoiding high heels – this foot is too precious to me to risk! And I was never a high heel wearer anyway. My foot is still a bit swollen and thus a bit bigger than my other foot and I have been advised that it can take up to a year or even a little bit longer for all the swelling to subside. I have limited bending movement in my big toe, some numbness and I cannot bend my hammertoe which still throbs a bit but as Mr Gordon explained it can take quite a while for broken bones to heel and my hammer toe had to be broken to be straightened and some bone removed from the joint. I am a bit more complicated due to the combination of bunion and hammertoe and I was well briefed of the potential after effects. Despite the numbness and limited mobility in the hammer toe in particular this is much better than before and I am able to walk miles and miles again. My mobility was a lot worse before and I am confident that over the next few months things will continue to improve but even if they don’t this operation has been worth the investment. I have a potential problem looming on my other foot and should it start to develop as this one did then I won’t hesitate to get that one sorted too.
Mrs P R, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, August 2018
Thank you for taking the time to write about your experiences.
Rarely, significant pain can occur after the foot block wears off and usual pain killers manage this.
I'm so glad you're happy with the results.
Mr David Gordon.
I had been having pain and discomfort from my bunions for over 15 years but, although I had not been prevented from pursuing any of my normal activities, I knew the pain was getting worse and I was in fact just learning to live with it. I was also finding buying any footwear a nightmare. So much so that if I did manage to find a comfortable pair of shoes I would buy in bulk! I am an active sportswoman, enjoying Swimming, Netball, and gym work and my main concern with having any procedure was the amount of time I would be off my feet. Mr Gordon explained the whole procedure to me and put me at ease with the process and I have to say the outcome was far better than I could have imagined. I was back in the pool in week 3, back in the gym at week 5 and back to playing netball after a couple of months. I have never liked my feet so I didn't have the operation for cosmetic purposes but I have for the first time in my life spent the summer in flip flops, not worrying that people were looking at my weird feet. I would totally recommend this treatment to anyone who is suffering. Mr Gordon and his team have been great, always there to answer any questions. My only regret is that I didn't have the operation years ago.
Mrs LC, Leicester, September 2018
Two Words - Life changing
It was a major decision for me to have surgery with Mr Gordon not least for the fact that I was self-funding and lived about 200 miles aware from Spire Harpenden. I had been in excruciating pain for several years and my mobility was rapidly declining to the point that I knew if I did not take action, not only would the pain become completely unbearable but I would also probably be in a wheelchair. Unless you have experienced it, I am not sure how to explain how constant pain completely wears you down both physically and emotionally and affects your total well-being. Walking any distance was an ordeal and finding shoes that did not exacerbate the problem was becoming increasingly difficult. My feet were badly misshapen and looked deformed.
Whilst several friends had undergone bunion surgery on the NHS and privately, all had their bunions operated on by the traditional method but with very poor results and in most cases some were left in more pain than before. I did a lot of research as open surgery did not sound like the best or a viable option. The thought of being left in more pain was a prospect I did not want to risk. When I came across Mr Gordon and read the testimonials I knew I had come to the right surgeon. The fact that Mr Gordon uses keyhole surgery was a key factor in my decision to proceed. Mr Gordon’s PA, Helen was also just amazing in guiding me through the whole process and it is not only Mr Gordon’s exceptional skills as a surgeon that are so vital but also the overall professional, courteous and outstanding customer service that Helen provides in the background that is so reassuring
As for the surgery itself I had always had a serious problem with being violently sick from anaesthesia and an enormous thank you has to go to Dr Shetty, the anaesthetist. For the first time in my life I was able to have surgery without being sick afterwards. The first thing I noticed after the operation besides my lovely new boot shoes I had to wear was that there was absolutely no pain. I didn’t need any of the painkillers I was prescribed and made sure I did all the exercises I was given. Being self-funding there was no point having the operation and then ignoring the aftercare as it is such an important process in the recovery. The only problem I had was learning to walk properly again. I had been limping for so many years I had forgotten how to walk as I should. However, this was short lived and all I can say is six months on and the surgery has literally been life changing. To be able to walk without pain after 12 years of being in agony is something I will never take for granted and I cannot thank Mr Gordon enough. My feet look normal, no deformity and I can wear any shoes I want which is an added bonus. However, given that six months ago I thought I would be in a wheelchair by now, I can only say I have my life back and am fully mobile, pain free and that is nothing short of miraculous. Without doubt worth every penny and the effort to travel so far for the surgery. I wanted the very best outcome and without doubt I got the very best surgeon and the very best care.
Miss A B, West Yorkshire, August 2018
If you are reading my testimonial it’s probably because you are in the same place as I was about twelve months ago. In my 60th year and having just retired from a busy working life I could finally embark on something I had dearly wanted to do for lots of years. I always knew that I would most likely develop bunions, my mother and grandmother had suffered with them and sure enough they appeared on both feet in my 40s. Gradually they worsened over time becoming ugly and uncomfortable and I just knew that I had to do something about them.
And so along the way in my extensive research I came to this website and read all about David and the latest minimally invasive techniques he uses and thought it sounded incredible and so far removed from the days of very invasive surgery, long recovery times and often poor results. My only fear then was that my bunions were so bad that this wouldn’t be possible. I started reading all the other testimonials here and was reassured that even what sounded like some more severe bunions had been able to be treated this way…..so speedily booked an appointment in September via Helen (David’s PA).
At my initial appointment David explained everything involved in the surgery and recovery and confirmed that he could operate on my bunions and my second toes would benefit from correction as well using the minimally invasive techniques …..I was so excited! A few weeks later my husband and I set off from The Peak District and arrived early one morning at Harpenden Spire for the operation on my left foot, naturally I was a little anxious about the procedure but was soon reassured by the warm welcome that all would be OK. I had elected just to have local anesthetic so was awake all through the operation happily listening to my iPod. I was discharged around lunchtime and on my way home. Two weeks later I was back to repeat the exercise on my right foot. I’m a naturally inquisitive person and so this time I decided not to listen to my iPod but to observe all that was happening and listen to David talking me though the procedure…..it was fascinating!
I knew the worse part of all of this would be having to put my feet up for a few weeks, I’m usually always on the go and don’t sit still for very long! So it was difficult but I knew it was a means to an end and entertained myself reading books and doing a little online retail therapy – sandals for new feet!! I had very little pain only needing a couple of paracetamol in the first couple of days and soon followed instructions and began the various exercises I had been given. Two weeks after each operation I saw David for follow up appointments and this is when the bandages came off and I could see my “new” feet….wow they were such an improvement!
Eight weeks after the first operation I was back in normal shoes, able to drive and began my usual daily two mile walk again, a little bit slower to start with but soon got back into my stride. Now nine months on I can hardly see the tiny scars and my feet feel and look great. I’ve covered my feet up for so many years being too embarrassed to show them, suffered with blisters and corns and now they have beautifully painted nails and are out on show at every opportunity. It has been truly liberating
A couple of the testimonials I had read at the very beginning of my journey said that "this is life changing"..... and for me it definitely has been.
Would I offer any advice? Pick up the phone now!
Mrs D S, Peak District, June 2018
I had considered surgery on my big toes a number of times over the past 10 to 15 years for 2 reasons;
- Some pain when wearing any shoes even with wide fittings
- My mother, now 85 has numerous problems caused by her bunions and is now unable to walk without pain or for any distance
So after another period of frustration, searching for court shoes to wear for work yet again and a where my feet were the limiting factor for walking distances, I decided to look again at possible treatments.
I was recommended by the NHS to have bones fused together which I was not prepared to entertain as this would definitely limit the flexibility of my feet.
I then looked at a traditional bunionectomy and considered the length of recovery time associated with this as I have a busy career which would be affected.
I was then told that there was an alternative key hole surgery which meant no stitches to recover from I went to see Mr. Gordon and was convinced that this was the route for me.
He was extremely informative and assisted me in considering the options available, recovery times, etc. I agonised over the double operation, both feet at once but eventually made the decision to do this hoping that one period of recovery would mean that I could be back at work within 6 weeks to 3 months as advised. I had never had any surgery in my life and was as you would expect apprehensive.
So on September 29th I travelled to the London Clinic and had the double key hole bunion correction plus during the procedure, for which I remained awake, I was advised by Mr. Gordon that 2 other toes on my left foot would benefit from being broken and re aligned to avoid an excessively large gap between my now straightened big toe. I agreed to go ahead with this as well.....
Mr. Gordon and the excellent anaesthetist were re assuring and all went to plan.
I now realise as I was a little naïve, the initial days post surgery were more painful than I thought and I was very grateful for the painkillers for around a week.
I followed the post-surgery instruction and stayed in bed with my feet elevated for 2 weeks, just getting up to go to the bathroom a few times a day. This was surprisingly easy with the post-surgery shoes which basically made me walk on my heels.
After the first week this could have tempted me to become more mobile, however I made myself rest and elevate as essential to maximise healing during this crucial stage of recovery.
I made the visit to see Mr. Gordon after 2 weeks, my longest walk so far.... and waited to see my feet revealed from the bandages.
Amazing, the big toes were straight and the small scars from the incisions were tiny. There was at this stage lots of swelling and my feet were very stiff as expected. I continued to follow the post-operative advice, rest, elevation and slowly increased the number and frequency of the prescribed exercises over the next 4 weeks.
I absolutely believe the double operation was the right decision, moving around was pretty easy with the surgical shoes and the crutches were only really needed for a couple of weeks, and to be fair more for confidence than a physical requirement
Now the great news
I was driving short distances after 6 weeks
I did have an automatic for a few weeks as the additional broken toes made the left foot recovery a little slower.
December 22nd, 12 weeks post operation I was skiing for Christmas with my family in France Mid January, I for the first time forgot about my feet, I know that sounds a little strange but they have been the focus of my mind for so long and up until then always there, not painful but stiff, sensitive perhaps but always on my mind and a consideration for doing anything.
Now 18 weeks post operation I have started to wear shoes with small heels for short periods of time. I expect it’s just another part of the journey to 100% recovery taking small steps at a time.
I can now see a future of pain free walking as long as I’d like, the ability to buy comfortable shoes without restriction of style but most of all a future without the worry of being unable to walk, which at the end of the day was my main reason for having surgery.
I thank Mr. Gordon for being so pleasant and informative from the outset and for the excellent surgery he and his team carried out for me.
Mrs J T, Leicester, February 2018
For as long as I can remember, I have had a bunion which impeded my walking. Wearing sandals or any court shoe was really painful, only I couldn't get up the courage to have my foot operated on. By the time I came to see Mr Gordon, my second toe had curved inwards, making it really uncomfortable to sleep with. Every morning I had to 'part' the two toes and I eventually invented a way of keeping the two toes separate - by inserting a synthetic web spacer and strapping the toes together with tiny pieces of velcro, in order to keep them separate. Eventually and tentatively, I plucked up courage to see Mr Gordon and to see what he could do to help me. He and Helen were so affirming and encouraging and totally put my mind at rest. I could not have felt more grateful. The operation was done under a local anaesthetic. The anaesthetist on the day took me step by step through everything he did, and Mr Gordon, throughout the operation, explained what he was doing and why he was doing it. At the end of the operation, I saw the result. It was AMAZING. I had not seen my foot looking like a proper foot - and matching the other foot - for over 40 years. I still keep looking at it and walk around with a permanent grin on my face, not quite believing it really is normal. I cannot thank the Team, Mr Gordon, the anaesthetist, who was Dr Pin Patel, the hospital staff and of course Helen, who was on hand for any concerns I had, I cannot thank them enough. If you need a foot sorting out - do it, and be assured it really will be an amazing experience.
Rev J W, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, January 2018
Following a fall I damaged my right ankle, and was seen by Mr Gordon in the outpatients dept at the L & D Hospital. Xrays confirmed that I had damaged the ankle ligaments and that for long term relief I needed reconstructive ankle ligament surgery. Whilst I was there we also spoke about the bunion on the same foot which had also been giving me walking problems. Unfortunately, these could not be operated on at the same time, as the ankle surgery required a different recovery and the use of crutches, whilst the bunion surgery required limited amount of weight bearing in a surgical sandal, and without crutches.
The ankle surgery was carried out as a day procedure in April 2016, following the operation the foot and ankle were put into a support dressing and a surgical sandal worn and I was supplied with crutches, and my recuperation continued at home. Several weeks later the dressing was removed, and I was fitted with a knee-high Aircast boot and started walking more normally. Several weeks later as the surgery had gone so well, I was allowed back into normal trainers to continue the healing process.
I was very pleased with the new stability I had in the ankle, but the bunion was making my foot roll over to the right and counteracting the support of the reconstructed ankle, and so I had another consultation with Mr Gordon 6months later to see if this could be operated on. At this point my care switched from the L&D Hospital to Spire Harpenden Hospital. This is when I had the good fortune to get in touch with Mr Gordon’s wonderful secretary Helen Sellars.
I had the bunion surgery on 7th September 2017 as a day care patient, went home in a bandage and support sandal and was allowed straight away to put minimum weight onto the right foot.
The bandage was removed 12 days later and the foot although bruised and swollen still looked far better than it had before surgery. On November 6th I saw Mr Gordon again and had a repeat x ray which showed the healing process was going better than expected and new bone growth was already visible, and the scarring was almost invisible. Both of us delighted at the outcome and I was feeling happier than I had for a long time for which I am very grateful to Mr Gordon.
Prior to surgery I suffered with pain and discomfort not only when walking but also resting. I experienced a dull ache in the bunion area which was made worse after excessive standing/walking or extreme cold weather. This meant I stopped being able to do as many long dog walks both at home and on holidays because of the discomfort during and after. I had stopped buying expensive and fashionable shoes but instead wore the same style of shoes which my elderly mother had worn, which did nothing for my self esteem. I hated going on beach holidays or swimming because I was so self conscious of my foot.
I have been so impressed and grateful to Mr Gordon for his skill and professional and approachable nature, and for explaining everything connected with the surgery and aftercare in full, and Helen for being patient and friendly when I contacted her several times with questions.
For the first time in many years I am looking forward to the summer and being able to wear fashionable shoes and sandals, and not being ashamed of my feet anymore. I would have no hesitation in recommending this dynamic duo to any of my friends who find themselves in a similar situation. I have no regrets at having either of these operations done as the outcome has been better than I ever expected or imagined.
Mrs J L, Luton, Bedfordshire, December 2017
I had attended on Information Evening on MIS for Bunions presented by Mr Gordon at Harpenden Spire. It was an excellent evening, Mr Gordon giving a clear explanation on the procedure and the rehabilitation programme. Subsequently, I decided to make an appointment with Mr Gordon for an assessment. My aim was to have bunions on both feet corrected by MIS so I could continue to enjoy my hobbies of walking and gym classes with the bonus of being able to choose fashionable footwear.
I am so pleased that I opted for Bilateral MIS with Mr Gordon. The whole process was very smooth with no complications. This was all due to Mr Gordon and his team. The administrative team are excellent, booking me into a convenient date and calling 4 days post operative to ensure I was recovered after surgery.
I continued with the rehabilitation exercises on Mr Gordon’s website and after my 2 week review with Mr Gordon was allowed to walk for 10 minutes daily, increasing to tolerance. At six weeks review I was in large lace up trainers to accommodate some swelling but able to walk for a considerable distance and drive. It meant I could enjoy a holiday in Ireland travelling by ferry and car.
At six months I am no longer aware of having surgery and achieved all that I had wanted, now walking on a regular basis at 3mph a distance of 6 – 7 miles with no pain or after affects. My anxieties over surgery had been alleviated by clear instructions at each stage and knowing I could ask questions that would be dealt with factually in a sympathetic manner.
I have no hesitation in recommending Mr Gordon to friends and relatives.
Mrs C D St Albans, Hertfordshire December 2017
I first consulted David Gordon because my feet were causing me an increasing amount of pain, I found I was unable to walk very far and had discontinued all leisure activities involving exercise. I was limited to wearing just one pair of sandals, come rain or shine, as I was unable to find any comfortable footwear.
I cannot praise David and his team enough for the care and consideration to my wishes throughout the whole correction process, special thanks to David’s P.A., Helen, who was always on the end of the telephone and patiently dealt with all my concerns. From my point of view both operations went very smoothly and I was surprised how little pain I suffered during the recovery period.
It is only a few months since the surgery on my feet and I can’t believe how good my feet look and feel. I, myself, feel much better and fitter than I have in a long time and I have been able to resume all of my old activities. I am even planning to start some new forms of activity over the coming months.
Heartfelt thanks to David and Helen and the rest of the team.
Mrs D R, Berkhampsted, Hertfordshire, November 2017
I would like to say how delighted I am with the result of my bunion operation and the care and expertise shown during and after the procedure.
I can now wear any type of shoe, even high heels.
I am also very pleased with the attention and care of all involved at Spire Hospital Bushey.
I have no hesitation in recommending Mr Gordon and all involved.
Mrs S G, London, November 2017
I will start at the end of my journey, rather than the beginning, as I am so happy with the result of my foot operations by Mr. Gordon, and cannot wait to share with others the delight of looking at two perfectly straight feet. This is life-changing for me: after suffering bunions for as long as I can remember, I am now wearing flip-flops for the first time ever and feel a very young 67 years!! Trips to the shoe shop will be a joy rather than an embarrassing ordeal. Mr. Gordon has done a truly amazing job and I cannot thank him enough.
I started to think about surgical treatment a couple of years ago when I noticed my bunions gradually getting worse; as I developed quite a severe deformity in both feet, wearing shoes became more painful and the search for summer sandals, that did not rub or show an ugly lump, very restricted. Researching treatment options, I read a few articles on minimally invasive surgery that led me to Mr. Gordon. HURRAH! He turned out to be exactly what I had hoped for.
Right from the start, he explained everything in detail; no question was too much trouble; he built up your confidence, and made you feel at ease. So, after my initial consultation, I went away armed with all the facts and no pressure from anybody to go ahead. I opted for a foot block rather than a general anaesthetic, remaining awake during the procedure very happily listening to my music without worries about what was happening to my foot; this was due to the confidence I had in Mr. Gordon rather than myself. I was admitted to Spire Harpenden Hospital as a day-case on both occasions, returning home late afternoon, fully weight-bearing in special sandals supplied by the hospital. Mr. Gordon gave me clear postoperative instructions, which I followed religiously; this is not a quick-fix operation and requires some effort from the patient to stick to the physiotherapy instructions in order to regain good mobility! It pays off in the long run.
It is now four months since the operation on my second foot, and scarring is only barely visible in either. Pedicures are a delight!! I certainly would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Gordon. A huge thank you also goes to his PA, Helen Sellars, who efficiently rescheduled my second operation soon after I had to cancel the original date due to other health issues.
Mrs P F, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, August 2017
I was so pleased to discover Mr Gordon's web site as I had been looking for key hole surgery for bunions for a couple of years and I liked the web site and all the information it gave me.
When I rang Helen, Mr Gordon's P.A . To arrange an appointment I found her to be friendly, approachable and informative. I discussed my situation that I had a severe bunion which had gone under my second toe and was pushing the rest of my toes together causing discomfort in all my shoes. It was so difficult to get shoes to fit. Also my foot looked ugly.
Although I had to travel approximately one and a half hours each way to Harpenden, it was so worthwhile. I liked Mr Gordon immediately and felt safe and confident regarding the operation. It was explained to me in full. The surgery went well and I was pleased to have only an ankle block and sedative. The follow up care is thorough and x rays taken to check the bones, two of which had had to be broken to put my foot back to normal. There were no stitches involved.
I have virtually no sign of where the incisions were made and after the operation I experienced no pain apart from one and a half hours on the second night. That was it! For me, anyway, no pain relief needed. I can now get into all of my shoes and my foot looks and feels so good.
My recovery was excellent. So much so that one of my friends was so impressed she also followed me and has had her bunions operated on by Mr Gordon.
I recommend Mr Gordon wholeheartedly.
Mrs B W, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, August 2017
Whilst not the worst bunion in the world mine was unsightly , red and inflamed , painful and often throbbed at night. To accommodate it I had to move up 2 sizes in shoes. As I already take size 7, that is a problem, there's not much choice in 9s . I was restricted in what I could do, dog walking for example became a painful chore.
I had understood that the traditional treatment was painful and unpleasant, and thus I had put up with the inconvenience of the bunion. Then I heard about David Gordon and his minimally invasive treatment. From the first contact with Spire Harpenden, through consultations, operation and recovery I have felt comfortable, reassured and convinced that this was right for me.
After a couple of consultations with Mr Gordon , the operation was done as day surgery and I was home in time for tea. A heavily bandaged foot in an orthopaedic sandal took some getting used to, but pain during recovery was minimal, I only needed one dose of paracetamol tablets. Not normally the best of patients I committed myself to following recovery instructions to the letter. Being retired makes that easier but some simple variations to domestic routine allowed me to follow elevation etc. instructions. Recovery was uneventful and I have full movement, no pain and only a very faint mark (fading rapidly ) marks the operation site. My foot is as straight as the other, unaffected foot.
I must thank Mr Gordon. I would say he 'wears his learning lightly'. He is relaxed, friendly and approachable, certainly not my idea of a consultant hitherto, but clearly an expert in his field. He explained in words I could understand exactly what would happen and why . From the start I knew I was in safe hands.
This is my first experience of private medicine and I am very happy with how it all went for me, thank you Mr Gordon.
Mrs H P, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, August 2017
I have had bunions for most of my adult life. For many years I managed to accommodate them in ever widening footwear to allow for an active lifestyle. I tolerated this as I thought surgery would be painful, recovery slow and the outcome could result in restricted movement. I was much too scared to take the plunge.
Eventually it became impossible to find any footwear that was pain free, this impacted greatly on daily life. I had delayed help for so many years that not only were my bunions very large but I had developed bent toes and very painful corns. I would avoid barefoot activities at all costs being embarrassed by my now very ugly feet. You would not see me getting sand between my toes.
So at sixty I nervously looked into surgery. Having chosen to discuss my problem with Mr Gordon it soon became apparent I was in capable hands. I was very anxious but Mr Gordon listened to my concerns and was honest and reassuring in his answers.
I had both feet, which included bunions, toes and corns operated on two weeks apart. Surgery, done as a day patient both times, went very well. Post op recovery was so much better than I had anticipated. I needed very little pain relief. The couple of concerns I did have were quickly addressed on the phone and things went very smoothly. Mr Gordon sets out a clear, detailed programme of exercises that I followed diligently. Life was restricted for eight weeks but after coming out of surgical sandals I made steady progress.
It is now six months since surgery. I have new walking boots and for the last three months have been regularly hill walking covering many miles. I am back doing all my favorite activities but now pain free. Also the change in their appearance is remarkable, I am now looking for opportunities to show them off. I could not be more delighted.
Mr Gordon is a superb surgeon. He is also friendly and approachable which made the whole experience so much less nerve racking. I would also like to mention his secretary Helen who was always efficient, helpful and kind.
Mr Gordon’s expertise has given me new feet, thank you.
Mrs R A, Gravesend, Kent, August 2017
Although the symptoms I had before the operation weren't severe they were enough to warrant having the procedure done. I had a permanent aching pain in both feet although the left was worse. At times I would have a severe sharp pain shoot through my foot and this would stop me mid stride and last for a few seconds. Of course there was the ugliness of both feet so I was reluctant to wear sandals and had to buy wide fit shoes.
The service I received from Mr Gordon was outstanding, I was recommended to him by a colleague and would certainly recommend him to others.
Although I had a bad reaction to the anaesthetic (was really sick on waking up) the operation went well and I can honestly say it didn't hurt as much as I expected, The 6 week recovery time was relatively painless, more aching and frustrating than pain.
Now 8 months after the operation and my feet look great. They are 95% back to normal, I just have occasional swelling which will I am told will decrease in time. No pain now just aching if I don't wear supportive shoes for any period of time. I can wear any shoes I like without feeling at all conscious.
Highly recommend and really pleased I went ahead!
Mrs L P Wellingborough, Northants, August 2017
Key hole bunions operation done January 2017 - I am 68 years old and have suffered with my feet since very young. As I got older I began to develop bunions, they become very painful, found buying shoes very difficult. I saw how my mother struggled with her bunions and I thought I will go the same way she did. Walking become very painful, my weight shot up as a result of doing less and less, even house chores became difficult. Talking to people about bunions, everyone kept saying how complicated, difficult and painful the operation is. About 10 years ago I heard about Minimal Invasive surgery which I believe was started by a French Doctor by the name of Joel Vedrois.
Following that, I read an article in the Telegraph newspaper about a lady who had a key hole procedure with Mr. Gordon stating how happy she now was and praising Mr Gordon's work. My husband and I took the decision to get in touch with him. Our first point of contact was Helen (his secretary) whom very patiently answered all our questions, putting our mind at rest right from the first day. My first appointment with Mr Gordon was done at Spire Hospital in Harpenden. Everyone at reception was very professional , all paper work done speedily without queries. Mr Gordon made me feel very comfortable explaining everything in great detail . Helen organised hospital, dates follow ups, etc.
I had my feet done at the London Clinic in January 2017. Surgery was excellent , went very well, when I woke up my foot was numb, little pain afterwards but never requiring strong pain killers. Two weeks after the first operation I had the bandages taken off. My husband was present. We just could not believe our eyes when we saw the foot. Apart from seeing some very tiny incisions, no swelling, no bruising. Big and second toe so straight, as if nothing ever happened . I had the same results with the second foot.
Post operation instructions and exercises were easy to understand and follow. Six months on I am a new woman, the word delight is too little to describe my feelings. Incredibly grateful to Mr Gordon for his amazing (Miraculous work). Seeing the final XRay still cannot understand how those screws were inserted through those tiny holes. If you are a bunions sufferer, do not wait any longer, Mr Gordon will change your life.
Mrs E M, West Byfleet Surrey, July 2017
I had suffered with the joints in my feet since childhood, always struggled with footwear and felt extremely self conscious of my feet for as long as I can remember. Over the last 10 years my feet had become increasingly painful with large unsightly bunions developing on both feet. My range of footwear was becoming very limited because of the pain in my feet. Also I was finding that many of the weight bearing activities I enjoy such as hill walking, running and intensity training were becoming too painful to endure. I also had pain in my toes and joints during mountain biking and was dealing with it by using special shoes and fat pedals.
I sought help from the NHS via my GP and was dismissed at first, told to go to Scholl to sort my feet out and then eventually, after much perseverance on my part, referred for orthotics. Orthotics gave some temporary relief for everyday activities but didn’t address my issues with footwear or sporting activities. I was advised that surgery on the NHS would result in a long recovery and a massive reduction in the mobility in my feet so best avoided unless absolutely necessary.
I then came across an article in the newspaper about minimally invasive keyhole surgery to treat bunions and the feedback from patients was very positive. After much consideration I decided to pursue this treatment via the NHS and was informed that it was not routinely available, not available in Wales and referral would likely take years.
I decided to take matters into my own hands and after some extensive research, settled on Mr Gordon as the prime surgeon to sort my feet out. I contacted his secretary Helen, who was absolutely fantastic and I was booked in for a consultation within the week.
Mr Gordon was professional, friendly and sympathetic towards me and my awful feet and assured me that I was a good candidate for keyhole surgery. With the help of Helen, I was booked in for bilateral surgery with in a couple of weeks and had plenty of information of what was going to happen. The surgery was carried out at Spire Bushey and I was very impressed with the hospital and the care I was given by the surgical and nursing team. I went in for my operation at 9am and woke up a couple of hours later in no pain at all, just feeling groggy from the general anaesthetic. I spent most of the afternoon coming round and was looked after by a team of fabulous hospital staff whose care and attention was second to none. At about 4 pm in the afternoon, after a session with the physio, I was able to walk on crutches. Both feet were heavily bandaged and I was given a post surgery rehabilitation package, special sandals, crutches and an abundance of painkillers to start taking once the anaesthetic blocks wore off. I had a 4 hour journey home in the back of my parents car, wrapped in a duvet with my feet elevated as instructed and then I was fortunate enough to spend a week at my wonderful parents home being waited on hand and foot. I then returned home where I live alone. I was able to manage fine at home and followed the post operative instructions to the letter. Although a little tender when weight bearing, my feet were completely pain free from the moment the anaesthetic blocks wore off and I didn’t need to take the strong pain killers that I was prescribed.
I had the bandages off two weeks after the op and was really surprised at the amazing transformation of my feet and the minimal marks on my feet from the surgery. I took the full six weeks off work as I had a bilateral procedure and I felt that I wanted to give my feet the best post op recovery that I could. I was in trainers a month post op and able to walk normally at that point with no pain. I had all my normal range of mobility back at this point too.
When the first post op X-rays were taken, I was astonished at the size of the screws in my feet and to this day I still can’t believe they are in there! Progress after I went back to work has been rapid, I went on my first mountain bike ride 8 weeks post op and did my first intensity training session 12 weeks post op. From there, I went from strength to strength and now, six months post op, I am routinely running 5 miles at a time, going mountain biking 30 miles plus at a time and spending all day on my feet shopping with my mum. I plan to do the half Tough Mudder challenge in August! I have full mobility and flexibility in my feet and toes and can wear 4 inch heels with no problem at all. I now have no joint pain in my feet whatsoever where as preoperatively, my joints would ache severely after any form of exertion or wearing heeled footwear. I am no longer self conscious of my feet as they look normal and a whole new world of footwear has opened up to me as my feet are now a normal shape. I have noticed I walk with a better posture now and I no longer suffer hard skin on the side of my big toes or balls of my feet. The only evidence of my op is a couple of tiny scars on my feet and these are continuing to fade.
I can’t express how pleased I am with the outcome of my surgery and have to say it’s been a lot of money for me but worth every penny as it’s made such a difference to my life, health and well being. I would absolutely recommend Mr Gordon and his administrative team along with all the staff at Spire Bushey who were just fantastic. Last but not least, I express my great thanks and gratitude to my amazing parents as I couldn’t have done the travelling and recovery downtime without them.
Miss, R W, Wales, May 2017
My feet had troubled me for so many years that I had grown accustomed to making accommodations. Both feet had developed severe deformities, big toes slanting by +60 degrees with hammer toes on both second and third toes. The effect of this was painful joints, corns, ugly, hard calloused skin on tops of toes and balls of feet, and a complete inability to wear any style of shoe, even slip on ‘pump’ style shoes. I was limited to wearing either flat soled, wide fitting boots or (ghastly) ‘crocs’. It was physically impossible for me to wear a pair of flip-flops. I eventually realised that, in fact, I could no longer function, I could not wear a pair of shoes appropriate for a professional work environment, I literally could not walk in a pair of flats without my toes being ‘shredded’ and the corns causing excruciating pain. Needless to say high heels were out of the question. All my trainers and boots were quickly ruined with big unsightly bulges developing to accommodate my huge bunions.
Being unable to wear shoes also meant that I could never wear a dress or skirt (as I couldn’t wear with boots), so I could never enjoy ‘dressing-up’ for social or work occasions, or ever feel ‘feminine’. This was really embarrassing at times, it affected my confidence as I often felt ‘under-dressed’, unprofessional and consequently demoralised.
I eventually decided enough was enough, the tipping point was going for an interview and being unable to walk from the reception area to the lift in a pair of flat pump shoes without limping, despite having covered my toes in blister plasters.
I searched on google to find a private surgeon who specialised in key-hole bunion surgery. I was impressed with Mr Gordon’s website and the testimonials. When I met Mr Gordon at Harpenden Spire, I immediatly felt relief! I was confident that he would be able to help me. Mr Gordon took time and effort to listen to me, explain the procedure, understand what outcome I wanted and what was possible given my level of deformity (exacerbated by underlying hyper mobility).
Following my first consultation with Mr Gordon I booked the surgery. Mr Gordon’s executive assistant Helen was tremendously helpful and accommodating. I had to have two separate 2.5 hour operations and Helen managed to slot me in for my first surgery, just a couple of weeks after my initial consultation, at Spire Bushey, followed by my second surgery at Spire Harpenden 2 weeks later.
I can honestly say that the level of care at both Harpenden and Bushey was fabulous, the hospital facilities, the nursing staff, the food, absolutely everything was professional, attentive, relaxing and comforting.
The surgery was exactly as had been explained. The foot is numbed so when I woke from the general anaesthetic there was no pain at all. My first thought was literally elation … although bandaged my foot was obviously straight!!!!! Unbelievable!!! I was discharged the same day, the pain medication provided was effective and together with ice packs and elevation I had no issues at all with pain management. I could move about fairly freely using the surgical shoe and once confident I didn’t need crutches after day 2.
The post operative instructions were very clear, thorough and reasonable. I followed them easily and made sure I practiced them every day as per the requirements.
When the bandages came off Mr Gordon applied splints to bring the toes into the correct alignment. These were soft and comfortable.
8 weeks after the operation my feet were totally perfect and the pain was pretty much gone, I didn’t need to take any pain relief but made sure I continued with the post operative instructions for exercises, elevation and ice-packs. Not only were my feet straight but Mr Gordon had also removed all the unsightly hard skin / corns on my toes which have now healed and look lovely (no scarring). In addition, the persistent corn under my toe nail and the hard skin on the balls of my feet has disappeared! The skin is smooth and soft... naturally.
It is now 4 months since the first operation. I can honestly say it has changed my life. I feel blessed!! I am a normal person with normal feet and can wear normal shoes. I now have a full wardrobe of dresses, pretty shoes and of course matching handbags... I don’t just feel like a new woman, I am one!!!! I just can’t wait for summer and being able to wear flip-flops!!
I just cannot recommend this surgery highly enough. The minimally invasive, key-hole surgery which Mr Gordon practices with extraordinary skill is amazing. Without this procedure, and Mr Gordon’s expertise, the deformity I had would have been treated by fusing the joints of my big toes and I would not have had any movement. Instead I have full movement and minimal (practically no) scarring. My feet look so pretty!!
I commute to London and walk to work every day, I have no pain, only occasional swelling (as advised) after a long day but a paracetamol or ibuprofen is sufficient.
I just can’t honestly believe that in only 4 short months I have been completely cured of a really inhibiting disability. It feels like a miracle. This has changed my life in so many positive ways, mentally and physically … I am so thankful to Mr Gordon! Thank you!!!
Mrs C A, Berkhamsted Herts, May 2017
As I am quite an active lady who loves the outdoors my life was becoming unbearable.
I enjoy walking, but my main hobby is running, and I mean running, not jogging... there is a big difference!
Having quite a large lump on the side of my right big toe and numerous corns on my toes and the bottom of my foot, all my activities were becoming very unpleasant, even shopping was not enjoyable anymore!
The only footwear that I could wear comfortably were trainers and flat boots, no sandals or open toed shoes as I was embarrassed of the appearance of how my toes/foot looked, keeping it covered was the best option.
After many years of this, sometimes excruciating pain I had to seek help. After attending an evening discussion with Mr. Gordon at Spire Harpenden this prompted me to make the decision to go back and see Mr. Gordon about my painful feet. As it turns out, the best decision I have made in years!
Mr. Gordon agreed to perform a “revision right hallux correction (minimally invasive) procedure” on my right foot, I was a little apprehensive as this would be the third procedure on my right foot ( the first two NOT performed by Mr. Gordon).
My worries were unfounded as right from the start Mr. Gordon made me feel at ease with his understanding and concern.
The day of the procedure went very smoothly and I was home that evening. I was given exercises to do starting 3 days after the procedure which I did struggle with to start and seven weeks after my procedure I was referred to Spire Harpenden Physiotherapy, which really helped.
6 months later, I am now back running and walking and shopping with no pain and looking forward to buying a decent pair of sandals for the summer!
As I have already said the best decision I have made in years. I can’t thank Mr Gordon enough for agreeing to put right my toes/foot, this has transformed my life more than you could ever know. I now have a normal looking foot, the first time in years! Thank you so much.
Mrs L W, Hatfield Herts, May 2017
I had bunions on both feet for as long as I can remember, with the right one always more pronounced. I learnt to live with them and adjusted my shoes wardrobe to work around it – wide fit sections in any shop being my best friend! They weren’t too painful up until 3-4 years ago when I put on a bit of weight and subsequently lost it through exercise. I felt limited when doing activities such as running and cycling which frustrated me enough to start considering surgery. When I first looked into it (probably 3 years ago) I was terrified of the stories on the internet and gave up on the idea. But the pain and discomfort started to get worse and worse to the point where all I could wear were wide fit soft trainers. Being under 25 and working in technology with just one pair of comfortable shoes, dented my confidence and wardrobe choices. I wanted to increase my training and physical activities to a point where I could enter races, but my bunions were far too painful for any endurance sports. Summers were realllly horrible as the heat and the inability to wear pretty airy sandals meant I had 2 painful, hot and ugly feet and I finally plunged up the courage to look into surgery again.
I read about keyhole bunion surgery before and knew that would be my preferred choice given my age and lifestyle.
I saw my GP who referred me to a specialist but the consultation and the suggested treatment didn’t go great so I gave up on it again.
As the pain was not giving up, I did some research into surgeons who do the minimally invasive hallux valgus surgery and came across Mr. David Gordon’s website. I read the documentation on his website, as well as the patient testimonials and contacted his PA - Helen, who has been really helpful throughout.
She provided me with the information I needed and before I knew it, I had my first appointment. Mr David was brilliant, he examined my feet and as I had hoped, suggested keyhole surgery on both feet at the same time. He explained every detail carefully to me and I felt comfortable and trustful of his abilities.
I had my surgery on the 25th of January this year, and I am now (fully-ish) recovered, able to do all types of activities, as well as wear normal shoes – even heels!
The surgery was done under GA and I woke up feeling refreshed and bouncy – weird I know! I was on my feet straight away, using the special shoes. I followed Mr. David’s instructions post surgery religiously and my recovery has been swift.
I didn’t experience much pain, just mild pangs every now and then but I did not need painkillers. I used ice to reduce swelling when needed and elevated my feet as much as possible in the first few months.
As I look at my perfect cute feet each morning – I do wish I did this sooner! I am so very pleased with the results and feel lucky to have come across Mr David Gordon.
I can’t thank Mr David and Helen enough for the help and care they provided, I highly recommend seeing Mr. David for any bunion related issues!
Miss C B, Romford Essex, May 2017
I had been toying with bunion surgery for a while – both my mother and grandmother suffered from severe bunions and subsequent deformity on both feet during their lives… and I had come to the point where any type of fashionable shoe became uncomfortable and more often than not totally unbearable after any length of time wearing it! I had increased my shoe size to accommodate the bunion (which did help a little) but I still found that there was discomfort/swelling/redness to my left foot and decided that at 43 I was too young to spend the rest of my life in pain and in flat shoes!!
As such I did some ‘google’ research into the options available for bunion surgery in hope of finding a relatively quick solution as I had always heard dreadful stories about the pain of bunion surgery and the extended recovery period post-surgery. I soon came across David’s website and was amazed to see the video of the minimally invasive surgery. I knew instantly this was the option that best suited me. I also felt some relief knowing that surgery need not mean months off work after all! So without hesitation, I asked my GP for a referral.
David was extremely personable when I met him, he explained everything about the procedure in detail and gave me reassurance that I was in safe hands. Since my procedure and during my recovery David has been very caring and utterly professional… it is evident that he is passionate about his work and that the wellbeing of his patient is paramount. As someone who has worked in a clinical environment for a number of years amongst GPs/surgeons/consultants etc, I can honestly say that meeting David has made refreshing change – despite his experience, qualifications and expertise in his field he is someone who Is totally ‘down to earth’ being both capable and comfortable with communicating with his patients ‘on a level’…. and for this I have the utmost respect for him. It is an added bonus that I am now the proud owner of a lovely straight left foot and am very much looking forward to wearing my heels again!
I couldn’t sign off this testimonial without also giving a mention to Helen, David”s PA, who is very pleasant on the phone, helpful and accommodating.
I wish David every success for the future in what I firmly believe will be a highly rewarding and distinguished career.
Mrs A J Clarke, Lancashire, Oct 2016
I have had flat feet from birth, American. Starting in my early teens, I became very active in sports. My main limitation was being unable to run and finding the right trainers. As I moved into my twenties and thirties, my interest in exercise increased and I became certified in several group fitness programs, focusing mainly on spinning/indoor cycling. In my early forties, when I was based in Philadelphia I went to an orthopaedic surgeon, though not having huge issues with foot discomfort, he urged me to have them corrected. There were bunions developing on both feet. As I moved into my fifties, the discomfort increased (calluses and bunions) and it became increasing difficult to find comfortable shoes, mainly dress shoes. Over the last two years the discomfort increased considerably until I finally decided to see an orthopaedic surgeon (have been based in London for many years). I narrowed my search to Mr David Gordon.
I had my treatment for both feet, minimally invasive, last year on December 1st, 2015. I was very anxious leading up to the day, though have to say Mr Gordon (and his assistant Helen) were both brilliant setting my fears aside. I was also concerned it would significantly impact my exercise program and the 5 classes I teach. The surgery was intense, though I was treated excellently. Mr Gordon was very clear as to what I could/couldn’t do for the next few weeks, plus his website was extremely helpful. It’s now January 11th, 2016. I am off crutches and surgical boots. While the feet are still swollen, they look completely different, and bunions completely gone. Last week Mr Gordon showed me my x-rays, before and after. I was totally amazed. The bone structure completely changed (with the pins perfectly in place). While I still have a way to go, I am back wearing trainers and dress shoes, with little to no discomfort (any discomfort primarily due to the swelling).
I am so happy I have had this done, for too long I was living/walking with pain that could be corrected. I do regret not having it done earlier, ie in Philadelphia, but thankful that I selected Mr Gordon in London to make the correction.
On a final note, everyone at The London Clinic was amazing and treated me so well, all levels of service.
Mr T G, London, January 2016
I have been lucky enough to see Mr Gordon in relation to two separate conditions; a foot fracture and minimally invasive bunion surgery.
He immediately makes you feel at ease at the initial consultation and discusses treatment options in easy to understand terms. He also makes you feel as though you are his only patient when in reality there is a queue of people in the waiting area.
As a patient you want a Dr and surgeon who you trust, is very skilled at their craft and makes you feel calm and relaxed. Mr Gordon ticks all of these boxes and is clearly very passionate about his work.
He is supported by Helen Sellers his P.A, who is very professional and nothing is too much trouble to organise.
I would not hesitate to see him again in future and would recommend his expertise to others.
Miss V W, Carshalton, Surrey, November 2015
Having suffered from bunions on both feet since my teens, I finally summoned up the courage to do something about them at the age of 55! They were becoming more and more painful (and ugly) and I was beginning to get back ache from not walking correctly. After some research, I felt minimally invasive keyhole surgery was the way forward and, due to his particular interest in this type of procedure, Mr Gordon was recommended by my physiotherapist.
I really should have taken the plunge years ago instead of putting up with my painful and embarrassing bunions. I am now 6 months post-op and my feet look wonderful with their lovely straight big toes. The scars are fading and most of the swelling has gone down. I have good movement and am back to walking and exercising. The rehabilitation exercises are comprehensive – but crucial to follow in order to get a good recovery and outcome. I am not going to say all this was pain free – particularly in the first couple of months – but it has definitely been worth it.Shoe shops will no longer be places to dread!
I am delighted with the results of Mr Gordon’s expertise and with all the care I have received over the past 6 months. His calm and confident manner immediately puts you at ease – even when he says it would be better to have both feet done at the same time!! His sense of humour also helps! Everything to do with the procedure was explained in a straightforward and reassuring way and I immediately felt I was in good hands. So for anyone contemplating bunion surgery, I cannot recommend Mr Gordon highly enough.
Mrs J.P., Welwyn Garden City November 2015
I’m a 30 year old Aussie living in Vienna who just had hallux surgery in Austria (performed using scarf method) and despite having paid a high premium for private services, I feel the doctor [not Mr Gordon] has totally disregarded the need for proper after care instructions.
I just want to say thank you Mr Gordon, for the wonderful PDF guide on your website which is the most descriptive, easy-to- follow guide that I have found online. I can’t express enough how grateful I am to have access to this – the surgeons here [in Austria] do so many procedures that one hallux op seems to mean nothing to them. I still have one foot to go, so maybe I’ll come to London!
Ms R D, Vienna, November 2015
I had a painful bunion on my right foot, I thought about surgery but was a bit scared about the whole shaving of the bone idea! After putting it off for a while eventually I plucked up the courage to investigate further.
I had health cover through work and found Mr Gordon, he was my first choice as he doesn’t shave the bone but performs minimal invasive surgery. how he performed the surgery sounded a lot more appealing!
I had great consultations before surgery which put my mind at ease as I was very nervous for the surgery itself. I had great support from the nurses on the day of the surgery & even though I was worrying about going under for the surgery I was reassured by everyone including Mr Gordon that all will be fine.
Post surgery I did have some pain but after a few days that went & I got to work on exercising my foot by following the post op care guide which is needed to start getting movement back in the foot. All went well and I did have swelling for a few months but was again reassured that it was normal.
6 months on & all is good, I no longer have pain in my foot, the swelling has gone down & my scars are pretty much non existent, fabulous!
Everyone I dealt with was fantastic, Mr Gordons surgery was amazing & if the bunion on my left foot starts to cause pain I know I can come back & will have nothing to worry about, all I can expect it great results & great care. Thank you.
Miss F S, Watford, Hertfordshire. Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery, October 2015
Before my operation I would get pain in my feet if I was to walk a long distance and running was also painful. I found it difficult to sleep on my sides because of the pressure from my bed on the sides of my feet. Mr Gordon was very kind, he explained the whole procedure to me making sure I was happy with everything. On the day of my operation I was very scared but Mr Gordon came to see me before hand and helped by putting my worries at ease. I’m very happy with the final outcome of the operation, I love my feet now and enjoy walking and running.
Mr M D, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery, October 2015
After complaining about pain in my foot,due to arthritis in the toe & bunions, for a number of years & finding it harder to find any nice shoes that fitted, I finally decided to do something about it. The result has been great! Minimally invasive surgery has meant I was back out running & my foot pain free in a few months. Those shoes relegated to the bottom of the wardrobe can now see the light again.
Mrs S B, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery, March 2015
During my 40’s my bunion started to interfere with sports and I found it increasingly difficult to find shoes to fit.I had my surgery with Mr Gordon on 3rd November and was back on the tennis court by the end of December! Today 3/4 months post surgery I am delighted. I have no pain, no swelling and am able to wear all types of shoes including high heels! I recommend Mr Gordon and minimally invasive key hole surgery to anyone thinking about having a bunion corrected. You will be delighted.
Mr G E, St Albans, Hertfordshire, Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery, March 2015
Having thought and talked about surgical correction of a bunion for some time, I finally went ahead with the operation. Two months later I have minimal swelling, a lovely straight toe and I am walking and exercising normally, (having religiously followed the recuperation advice from Mr Gordon). I have no hesitation in recommending the surgical procedure nor Mr Gordon, a very skilled and professional surgeon.
Mrs S E, Hertford, Hertfordshire, Minimally Invasive bunion surgery, February 2015
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From the moment I arrived to the moment I left I felt safe and that I was in good hands. Mr Gordon has a calm, confident and reassuring bedside manner. His team were equally professional and I felt relaxed and well cared for throughout the procedure.
I cannot remember a time when I did not having bunions but they had never stopped me from living a very active and normal family life. That is until 2013, when I began to find some activities were becoming harder and more uncomfortable – such as yoga, running and wearing shoes with higher heals – and even sleeping.
At first, I adjusted my life to suit my bunions. I stopped weight bearing on my big toes and always slept with my feet outside of the duvet – to avoid the weight of the bedclothes pressing on my bunions. My bunions had become very red and sore – on holiday I hid my feet in the sand because they looked so tender and I didn’t want to draw people’s attention to them. Everywhere I looked I saw other people’s perfect feet. But it was pain rather than vanity that drove me to see my GP who then referred me to Mr Gordon.
I had both bunions removed at the same time. I remember waking up after the surgery and looking down the bed at my straight toes – I felt so happy!
I left hospital on the day of the operation. I experienced discomfort rather than pain in the following days. This was entirely manageable with the prescribed pain-killers. Mr Gordon gave me clear instructions about post-operative care, rest and exercise. I followed these to the letter. I found that the hardest part about the recovery period was staying in bed for two weeks with my feet elevated – this sounds much easier to do than it proved to be.
It is now twelve weeks since my operation and I am delighted with the results.
I still find it hard to believe that the feet I see are actually mine – every morning I look at them and I get a little thrill. And best of all, the pain and soreness I endured for so many years is gone.
I have started exercising again and I can now enjoy walking the dog – pain free. My only regret is that I didn’t have this surgery, years ago.
I felt completely confident and relaxed in in Mr Gordon’s care and I would thoroughly recommend him without hesitation to anyone contemplating bunion surgery.
Mrs J R, St Albans, Hertfordshire February 2015
Last September I had an operation on my left foot which has healed beautifully and I am very pleased with the before and after care.
I am now looking forward to having my right foot operated on in the near future to be able to go on long walks etc.
Mrs V S, Bedfordshire January 2015
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Gordon for the exemplary treatment carried out on my left and right bunions.
As a keen runner I was finding exercise becoming more and more difficult particularly in my left toe joint, bunion guards failed to alleviate rubbing and pain.
My G.P. referred me to Luton and Dunstable Hospital, where the consultation with Mr. Gordon explored non surgical procedures but we decided surgery to be the only answer details of which were thoroughly explained. Between us it was decided that operating on both feet at the same time was the best solution in my case, it made perfect sense as recovery time would be approximately 3 months for both feet or 2 x 3 if operated on separately.
Surgery was scheduled for early October at the Luton and Dunstable, where I found all staff to be excellent. I was discharged the same day feet heavily bandaged and in surgical boots with clear and concise post operative rehabilitation protocol, which I followed religiously and believe it aided my timely recovery, pain and swelling was minimal.
Within 4 weeks I returned to yoga and non weight bearing cardio exercise. Mid January I was back in running shoes building kilometres incrementally and am now back to my normal running regime.
Regular outpatient visits confirmed all was going well.
I would highly recommend Mr. Gordon whom I consider an excellent surgeon with great people skills and wish him much continued success.
Mrs L C, St Albans, Hertfordshire Bunion Surgery March 2014
I looked into having this surgery for a second time when my foot became terribly sore in shoes, I knew I had to have something done. The first time I decided against it as the post op period was going to be difficult, but when a couple of years on, the pain was worse, and the bunion and distorted toes even more uncomfortable, I thought I had better re-think. I was fortunate enough to find and meet David Gordon. From the first appointment he instilled a calm and uba professional approach to the whole proceedings. He explained clearly the procedure, and exactly what he needed to do and exactly what I should expect afterwards. I had no hesitation in agreeing to proceed this time around, he made me feel I was in a very safe pair of hands.
And I was!! It’s now 6 weeks after the operation, the pin which had to remain in one of my toes has been taken out (and it didn’t hurt one little bit!!). The scars on my foot can hardly be seen already and I am at last free to exercise, drive and even in a little while wear the Jimmy Choos’ for my company Christmas party this year!
I cannot recommend David Gordon enough – he has a great bedside manner which when you are nervous is worth it’s weight in gold. He made me feel cared for and well looked after. The op went well but he wasn’t happy about the circulation in one of the toes – so much so that he personally sent me a text the day after the op and asked if I would mind popping back to the hospital to see him as he wanted peace of mind that everything was on track. He needn’t have worried, it was all healing nicely, but the fact is, it was on his mind and he couldn’t forget about it until he knew for sure all was well. Now that to me is a man behind the consultant who actually cares about what he does and always wants to get it right for his patients. A really winning combination and I would highly recommend him to anyone who needed any of the surgeries he specialises in.
They do say behind every man is a good woman – this scenario is no exception. Helen Sellars is Mr Gordon’s PA and she is fantastic. I e mailed her countless times with questions and she always responded immediately and helped me through it all tremendously. She was a brilliant support for Mr Gordon, but also for me – a superstar, and very efficient.
Everyone knows that no surgery should be undertaken without a full awareness of what and why your having an op performed, but once you have made the decision to proceed, I would urge you to contact Helen, arrange to meet Mr Gordon and put yourself in his very capable hands. You won’t regret it. Absolutely sound guy, great support and brilliant at what he does.
Mrs L O, Hillingdon, Uxbridge Bunion Surgery October 2013
Mr. Gordon spent time in explaining in fine detail the procedure and risks involved in operating and gave me time to decide whether to go ahead or not.
On the second consultation in July 2013 I decided to have the operation, which was arranged and carried out on 30 August 2013. I went home with both feet in bandages and surgical shoes and was able to put my feet to the ground and walk, although I did have to follow “Post Operative Rehabilitation Protocol” and strictly elevate my feet as much as possible. This I found extremely helpful. Throughout the procedure my general welfare was adequately monitored and assisted.
I was very pleased that the operation went successfully and once the swelling has settled I will be in normal shoes again.
May I take this opportunity to thank Mr. Gordon and his team for their outstanding professionalism throughout and for all the first class care they have given me in Luton & Dunstable Hospital and to highly recommend Mr. Gordon to any persons considering similar treatment.
I was lucky enough to be referred to Mr Gordon on the NHS at the Luton and Dunstable hospital re my painful bunion which were rubbing on even the softest shoes and stopping me walking far.
Despite Mr Gordon’s youthful appearance it was clear from the outset he was an expert in his field. He has a superb manner which makes him approachable and one feel that no question or concern is too trivial and yet promotes confidence and authority.
I researched his credentials ,as is my way, and was thrilled to see how qualified he is, although it his his manner that sets him apart.
On the day of my operation which was originally just for my bunion I pointed out my hammer toe and Mr Gordon agreed to sort that too- common sense and saving the nhs time with another referral/ operation time at a later date. My operation went smoothly and recovery was exactly as Mr Gordon said.
Seeing one of his team at out patients after the operation made me realise how comfortable Mr Gordon makes one feel as despite their obvious knowledge, their bedside manner was much more officious and felt very impersonal. Mr Gordon came in at the end and pointed out what should have been done- if everyone mirrored his approach the NHS would be in a far better place, in my opinion.
I have good flexibility in my big toe, neat scarring and no pain!
Following problems with foot surgery carried out elsewhere my mother sought a referral to Mr Gordon who made her confident that her foot could be fixed despite her previous difficult experience. No mean feat. He was completely sympathetic regarding her fears and never impatient.
I do not hesitate to recommend Mr Gordon. I shall certainly track him down when my other foot’s bunion develops!
Leighton buzzard Bunion surgery June 2013
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