What is minimally invasive foot surgery?
This was a major breakthrough in the field of podiatry that was first developed in the 1960s. Minimally invasive foot surgery simply means through a small incision. It is a virtually painless way to correct the bony enlargements that cause most foot deformities using specially designed state of the art instruments. Our doctors further refined the technique and made it Minimalistic minimal foot surgery with no stitches, no pins, no hardware used during the surgery.
How is this done?Small punctures usually less than 1/8 inch in diameter, or about the size of this "o" are made into the skin at the site of the deformity. The surgeon then proceeds to erase and smooth down any disfigurement using specially designed surgical instruments.
Why do I need minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive podiatric surgery can be needed to repair injuries, correct chronic issues — including arthritis — or to diagnose conditions that don’t show up on digital imaging. At Progressive Podiatry PLLC, Dr. Breth and Dr. Khanna could suggest minimally invasive surgery if you have:
- Bunions or hammertoes
- Heel spurs or plantar fasciitis
- Foot or ankle bone fractures
- Ankle instability issues
- Sports injuries
You might even need a minimally invasive foot or ankle surgery for a calcaneal osteotomy procedure. This specialized type of surgery involves a controlled break of your heel bone to correct pain-causing deformities. Calcaneal osteotomy may be right for you if you have abnormally high or low arches, or to reduce your risk of arthritis.
How long is the recovery time after minimally invasive surgery?
The incision sites will usually begin to close within the first 2 weeks of surgery. Swelling which is a normal part of the healing process, is greatest for the first six weeks and will gradually decrease.