Like our patients, we always prefer non-surgical options or minimally invasive surgery for foot and ankle issues whenever they will effectively fix a problem or provide relief. The physicians at CDA Foot & Ankle Clinics, 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.
While minimally invasive surgical techniques have been around for years and continue to evolve, many folks don’t know exactly what they are, what issues minimally invasive foot surgery can address, and what makes it different from and better than traditional surgery.
Here are some of the most common questions we receive from patients about minimally invasive foot surgery:
What Does It Mean For Foot Surgery to Be “Minimally Invasive”?
In minimally invasive foot surgery, we use a highly advanced and precise imaging system called a fluoroscope to see inside the foot and assess the patient’s injury or condition without needing to make large incisions. Our surgeons then use specially designed surgical instruments and devices to perform the required work through tiny and barely visible ‘key-hole’ incisions in the foot or ankle.
What Makes Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery Different From Traditional Surgery?
Traditional surgery involves large incisions, extensive dissection inside the foot or ankle, and internal devices such as pins and screws to correct foot problems. As is the case with any type of invasive surgery, often times there is increased pain, discomfort and a lengthier recovery time.
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.
What Are The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery?
In addition to reduced pain, discomfort, and recovery time, the benefits of minimally invasive foot surgery include:
- Reduced infection risk
- Minimal blood loss
- Shorter duration of the procedure
- Availability to patients who may be deemed too at risk for traditional surgery
- The use of local anesthesia rather than general anesthesia
- Minimal scarring
- Usually performed on an outpatient basis
What Kinds Of Foot Conditions Can Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery Address?
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 foot and ankle problems such as:
- Hammertoe deformities
- Corns or calluses
- Bone spurs
- Metatarsal pain or metatarsalgia
- Heel pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendon pain
- Ankle arthritis
- 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.
Call us today at (208) 666-0605 to schedule your appointment and learn more about minimally invasive foot surgery.