Advancements in technology and technique over the past few decades have increased the likelihood that we can resolve a patient’s foot problem or heal their injury without the need for traditional surgery.
The physicians at CDA Foot & Ankle Clinic and Surgery Center, are recognized leaders in the development, refinement, and use of minimally invasive foot surgery to help patients dealing with a wide range of foot conditions and deformities.
But what does it mean for foot surgery to be “minimally invasive”? What advantages do such procedures provide over traditional surgery?
Traditional Foot Surgery v. Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery
Traditional surgery involves large incisions, extensive dissection inside the foot or ankle, and internal devices such as pins, plates, screws, or other hardware to correct foot problems. Traditional foot surgery more often involves lengthy recovery time, increased pain and discomfort after the operation, and more disruption of soft tissue inside the body. It may also include a hospital stay.
By performing minimally invasive surgery (MIS), we can reduce or eliminate many of these unappealing aspects of traditional surgery. In an MIS procedure, we use specially designed surgical instruments and devices and an advanced imaging system to see inside the foot without having to make a large incision. Instead, with precision and care, our surgeons can perform needed procedures through extremely small ‘key-hole’ incisions in the foot.
In addition to reduced pain, discomfort, and recovery time, the benefits of minimally invasive foot surgery include:
- The use of local anesthesia rather than general anesthesia
- Reduced infection risk
- Minimal blood loss
- Shorter duration of the procedure
- Availability to patients who may be deemed too at risk for traditional surgery
- Immediate ambulation
- Minimal scarring
- Performed on an outpatient basis
Safe and Effective Treatment For Many Common Foot Problems
Over the past 60 years, the tools and methods used in minimally invasive surgery have become more precise and advanced, making treatment through minimally invasive foot surgery increasingly effective at resolving many common problems such as:
- Metatarsal pain or metatarsalgia
- Hammertoe deformities
- Painful neuromas
- Bone spurs
- Heel pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Big-toe arthritis (hallux limitus)
Learn More About Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery. Schedule Your Appointment With Coeur d’Alene Foot and Ankle Clinic Today.
At Coeur d’Alene Foot and Ankle Clinic and Surgery Center, our skilled and committed team of physicians and staff provide exceptional care and treatment for all foot and ankle problems. We offer the most advanced corrective surgical procedures and specialize in the Isham minimally invasive surgery techniques recognized by orthopedic and podiatric surgeons worldwide.
Dr. Nunez is also Board Certified with The American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry in Minimally Invasive Surgery. He has been an instructor at various meetings and cadaver labs throughout the years as well as speaking as an expert on these minimally invasive techniques at multiple conferences. He has co-authored chapters in multiple Orthopedic texts on Minimally Invasive Surgical techniques. He also co-authored an article for a journal publication in Italy.
Call us today at (208) 666-0605 to schedule your appointment and learn more about minimally invasive foot surgery.