At the time Dr. Unsdorfer did my bunionectomy, I was an 18-year-old college-bound student. I had been a gymnast and a softball player my whole life, and as the years passed my bunion became more and more unbearably painful. The bump would tear through my tennis shoes all the time and it was impossible to find other shoes, such as heels and flats, that my foot and bunion could actually fit into. I relied on ibuprofen every day to help with the pain and swelling and I carried a bottle around with me like it was my lifeline.
The thought that my bunion could be surgically corrected and reconstructed never occurred to me. I was an 18-year-old girl...only old ladies had that surgery, right? Wrong! It was a blessing in disguise when I one day developed an infected ingrown toenail. I looked online to find a podiatrist nearby and made an appointment at Agape Podiatry. Dr. Unsdorfer saw me and treated my ingrown toenail, and since I was already there I figured I had nothing to lose by asking about my bunion. Since my foot was so messed up and always caused me pain, when he suggested having a bunionectomy done, I gladly agreed.
The procedure dramatically improved the shape, function, and pain level of my foot! I'm not exaggerating when I say that it does not ever cause me pain anymore. The side of my foot is now straight where a huge protruding bone used to be, and I have full range of motion and function of my big toe. Only one 1.5 inch incision was made for my surgery, and the scar is barely visible. The pins that were used for my foot were dissolvable, so I did not have to have a second procedure to have it removed.
I have met quite a few people in the past few years who have had bunionectomies; I noticed that two or three incisions were made on their foot, as opposed to Dr. Unsdorfer's one incision, and they told me that they had to have a second surgery in order to remove the plates and pins. I was so shocked when some of these other people told me that they were in a cast for 3 or 4 weeks and that they were not allowed to bear weight on their foot for a long time because I didn't have to wear a cast or use crutches at all. I had to wear a little boot on my foot for 2 or 3 weeks, and I was up and walking around and running errands within 3 days. After comparing my surgery to bunionectomies that some of my peers have received, I'm so thankful and blessed that I went to Dr. Unsdorfer for treatment.
Throughout my many appointments with him, it quickly became apparent to me that he is not in this field for the job security or the money, but that he truly, really cares about his patients. He always asked about my family, personal life, and my goals for the future, and he told me about his family and showed me pictures of his dog. Right before I went in for surgery, Dr. Unsdorfer asked me if I wanted to say a quick prayer. I said yes. He and the surgical nurses gathered around me in the bed and we all held hands as Dr. Unsdorfer said a prayer. I thought that was the sweetest, most personal and caring thing a doctor could ever do.
Overall, I am so happy I agreed to have the surgery done. The outcomes were phenomenal, and I still to this day do not experience pain or have trouble with shoes. I always jump at the opportunity to recommend Dr. Unsdorfer and Agape Podiatry to anyone that I can for foot related care. You won't be disappointed!
The care you gave my husband and his foot is beyond words. Two other doctors and infectionologists wanted to remove at least half his foot, when I think of this--I thank the lord for you.
It has been a long road, but you were with us every step of the way. You saw us at least three times a week, sometimes after surgery, you were there every day.
You always kept us aware of what you were doing and explained why it was important. You called personally with the results of cultures and MRI's. When you switched the medication from oral to intravenous, you contacted home health care and infusion, making sure things were set up correctly.
You started caring for my husband at the end of December 2012, and by the end of September 2013, he was off all medication, Aand able to do all the things he has always done, things like shoveling snow and golfing.
My husband is 73 and I think he is pretty amazing, but if he had lost half his foot recovery would have been so much more I don't even want to think about it.
Dr. Unsdorfer did my bunion surgery over 8 years ago. It still looks and feels great! He came highly recommended and now I know why.
JH - Medina
I am a registered nurse working in the recovery room at Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital. When I needed bunion surgery, the operating room nurses recommended Dr. Unsdorfer. The surgery on my right foot went so well, I had my left foot done soon thereafter. I could not be happier with the results.
I had postponed having bunion surgery for a long time, fearing that the operation would leave me in worse shape than I was already in. It wasn't until a friend of mine suggested going and talking to the Podiatrist that she worked for, that I reconsidered. She told me she had bunion surgery done by her employer, Dr. Unsdorfer, and was very pleased with her operation. She now enjoys walking, dancing, and just being able to wear normal shoes without pain. With a little anxiety...I decided to talk to Dr. Unsdorfer. I found him to be very personable and very knowledgeable. He found that my right foot was in pretty bad shape, a large bunion had resulted from a bone on the side of my foot shifting out, which then caused my big toe to push all of my toes to the right. He admitted this was a complicated case, but not only did he have the confidence that he could correct my foot, but that it would allow me to get back into normal shoes and be without that horrible bunion pain. He told me I would not only have to have the bunion removed, but I would have to have an extensive realignment of my other toes, including removing some of the joints to straighten out the toes. He told me that "temporary metal pins" would be put into the toes to keep them in place while they healed. With that in mind...I took a breath....and made the arrangements to have the surgery done. It not only went exactly the way he said it would, it went even better! He told me I would probably have some pain for a few weeks, but I hardly had any pain at all. Not only no pain on the day of the surgery, but very little pain in the days to follow. I did not take any pain medication on the first day. The second day toward the evening I took one pain pill, only because I thought the pain would get worse that night, but it never did. On the fourth night following surgery, again toward evening, I expected the pain to get worse, so I took another pain pill, but again it did not get any worse. In the days to come, I was virtually pain-free. I only found that sometimes turning over in bed at night, I would feel a little pain. I would readjust my foot (on a raised pillow) and go right back to sleep. I never lost any sleep because of any pain. He told me to keep off my foot for at least 8 weeks. I found a walker with a seat, and that really did the trick. I put my knee up on the seat while pushing with my good foot, and I was very self-sufficient in my house that way. I was able to cook and do some cleaning, including vacuuming. I did rely on my Mom and some friends to drive me to the store or to doctor appointments (because the surgery was on my driving foot). I had heard from other people, that with this surgery, the "pin" removal was very painful. Dr. Unsdorfer assured me that when the foot had healed enough, the pins would come right out. After a few weeks, one by one, he removed the pins. He was absolutely right. They came right out. What I feared the most, severe pain, never happened. A little pinch and I mean little, and the pins were out. I really believe he is blessed to do what he does. I will not have any reservation about having my other foot done. Dr. Unsdorfer is not only a kind and gentle doctor but a highly skilled surgeon. He is truly a credit to his profession.
-Donna M., Brunswick, Ohio
After years of dealing with ingrown toenails and pain, I was forced to overcome my fears and find another doctor to take care of my problem. My previous encounters with different physicians were dreadful. When I first called Agape Podiatry, I could immediately tell that I would have a much better experience at this practice than I had at previous ones. Upon meeting Dr. Unsdorfer, I instantly felt calm and at ease about my situation. After further consultation, Dr. Unsdorfer decided I would need staged procedures to correct my problem. With each procedure, he explained what he would do, in detail, so I understood what was happening and how to care for my foot post-procedure. I am pleased with the end result and my experience at Agape Podiatry was very positive. I now actually look forward to going to the podiatrist. I would highly recommend Dr. Unsdorfer to anyone who is in need of a knowledgeable and skilled surgeon
-Amber U., Medina
I have been a patient of Dr. Stein's for many years. He has treated me for a variety of foot and ankle problems. I have always felt very confident in his knowledge and abilities as a doctor and surgeon. Dr. Stein displays interest in his patients' well being as a total person. He is caring, understanding, thorough, and excellent in his profession. I would recommend him, without reservation, to anyone.