At Midwest Podiatry Centers, we are always looking for ways to improve our surgical skill sets and medical knowledge so that we may enhance our patient experience. While minimally invasive foot surgery was first pioneered in 1945, significant surgical advancements have been made over time, resulting in the state-of-the art minimally invasive procedures that we perform and offer today.
What You Should Know About Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery
While traditional foot and ankle surgery procedures require wide exposure through large incisions, minimally invasive foot surgery can be performed through very small incisions, usually only 2-3 mm long, which causes minimal-to-no injury to the surrounding soft tissues and requires little-to-no stitching. Patient recovery is subsequently much shorter in comparison, with minimal pain, minimal scarring, and minimal time off, yet with equally effective deformity correction. These minimally invasive procedures can all be performed as outpatient, in-office, same-day procedures, which saves patients the additional expenses associated with facility (hospital/surgery center) and anesthesia fees.
What Types of Deformities Can Be Addressed With Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery?
Advantages of Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery
- Less Pain During Recovery → Less Dependence on Post-Op Prescription Pain Relievers
- Less Injury To Surrounding Soft Tissues → Minimal Pain, Minimal Scarring, Quicker Recovery Times
- Extremely Small Incisions → Shorter Surgery Time, Minimal Blood Loss, Lower Risk of Wound Complications
- No General Anesthesia (Can Be Performed Under Local Anesthesia Alone) → More Qualifying Patients
- Can Be Performed Within In-Office Surgical Suite → Eliminates Additional Facility (Hospital/Surgery Center) and Anesthesia Fees
Can any Surgeon Perform this Kind of Surgery?
No. Because incisions are much smaller compared to traditional foot surgery, there is less anatomical exposure, making minimally invasive foot surgery highly technical. Minimally invasive foot surgery also utilizes a new range of surgical tools, not normally used in traditional open surgery, so surgeons performing these procedures require a new skill set to master the different surgical techniques. This requires advanced training and intuition. Not all foot and ankle surgeons perform minimally invasive foot surgery.
Is Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery for Me?
While many individuals are eligible for minimally invasive surgery, it is not necessarily for everyone. Some deformities are too large to be corrected using minimally invasive techniques, and sometimes the best surgical option is not via a minimally invasive approach. A consultation with a surgeon performing minimally invasive foot surgery will allow you discuss this in detail and decide which method of foot correction is most appropriate for you.
Interested In Learning More About Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery?
Currently, Dr. Allison Willkom is one of the only foot and ankle specialists in Minnesota offering Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery in her company’s Office-Based Surgical Suite, making the experience comfortable and convenient for her patients. She has trained with experts in the field and uses instrumentation designed specifically for these procedures to deliver optimal results. Her belief in patient education, attention to detail, concern for patient safety, and desire to return patients to peak performance, function, and a pain-free state guarantee you the best experience and the best results. Schedule an appointment with her at Midwest Podiatry Centers today!
Call us at (612) 788-8778 to schedule an appointment at any of our area offices.