Why Minimally Invasive Surgery Could Be Your Best Option for Treating Chronic Foot and Ankle Issues

Chronic Foot and Ankle Issues, Progressive Podiatry

Foot and ankle pain affects nearly one in five people, according to the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. If you experience such pain and it lingers on and on, making life less pleasurable and more difficult, you may be a strong candidate for minimally invasive surgery.

In years past, even a torn tendon or broken bone required large incisions for a doctor to even see exactly what was going on and determine the best treatment. Today, thankfully, many foot and ankle issues can be repaired using very small surgical tools and specialized cameras known as arthroscopes. We love providing these options for our patients.

To learn more about these minimally invasive procedures, make an appointment at Progressive Podiatry. In the meantime, here are some of the reasons minimally invasive surgery could be your best bet for your foot or ankle problem.

Minimally invasive surgery brings fewer risks

Because minimally invasive surgeries require smaller incisions and less anesthesia compared to conventional procedures, they bring about fewer risks.

With minimally invasive surgery, you’ll be less likely to experience:

Minimally invasive surgery may be safer if you have other chronic health conditions

Not everyone is a good candidate for major, more invasive foot or ankle surgery. If you have a weak immune system, issues with narcotic pain medications, alcoholism, a blood or clotting disorder, sleep apnea, or heart disease, for example, the risks of conventional surgery may outweigh the benefits. And if you’re one of the over 40 million adults in the United States who lives with an anxiety disorder, a less invasive procedure can take a lesser emotional toll.

Minimally invasive surgery requires less hospital time

If you have a hectic schedule or can’t afford to take much time off from work for a foot or ankle procedure, you’ll want an option that requires less recovery time. Many minimally invasive foot and ankle surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, requiring no hospital stay at all and making way for much faster healing. So you’ll not only feel better sooner, but be better able to get back to your usual daily tasks before long.

Minimally invasive surgery can bring full recovery

If other treatments, such as medication, heat or ice therapy, and physical therapy have failed to sufficiently minimize your symptoms -- or you simply don’t want to have to rely on these options indefinitely for symptoms that may worsen with age -- minimally invasive surgery could be your best choice.

Arthroscopic ankle surgery, for instance, can effectively repair damaged cartilage to reduce pain that was previously treated with medication. Minimally invasive bunion surgery can do away with mild-to-moderate bunion pain, making wearing shoes and walking a lot more comfortable.

 

To learn more about minimally invasive surgery options for foot and ankle conditions, call our office or click the button to schedule an appointment at Progressive Podiatry. We have several locations in the Brooklyn area of New York City and would love to help you get more comfortable on your feet.

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