Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery
Welcome to a Medical Minute segment with G. Alex Simpson, DO, Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon with Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group as he discusses the latest advancements in Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery and how these techniques can be used to treat many painful foot conditions.
What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is described from Dr. Simpson as “how we can operate on a patient without making a big incision.” With smaller incisions, there is less damage done to any surrounding structures which allows for decreased recovery time, minimized pain, and a much lower risk for infection.
What conditions can Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery be used for?
There are many different types of painful foot conditions and injuries where minimally invasive foot surgery specifically can be used for treatment. Some of which include:
- Tendon injuries
- Cartilage injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
Talk with your physician to see if you might be a candidate for minimally invasive foot surgery as eligibility may vary case to case dependent on the severity of injury as well as the patient’s overall health. In most cases minimally invasive surgeries are an outpatient procedure, allowing the patient to go home and recover the same day as surgery.
How do these innovative surgery techniques help recovery?
Minimally invasive surgery techniques have been shown to help accelerate the recovery and rehabilitation process as well as significant improvements in outcome longevity. Recovery timelines will vary as mentioned previously due to the patient’s overall health, the type of injury treated, and the severity of the foot condition. However, being that we are eliminating the need for a large incision, generally speaking recovery is typically a little bit shorter with minimally invasive surgery because we decrease the time it would take to heal a larger incision. Again this does depend on a number of case specific factors and is not quantifiable in set timelines.
If Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery is of interest to your painful foot condition, give us a call today at 719-632-7669 to schedule with a specialist from our Foot and Ankle Center team. They will help determine if Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery is the right treatment for you.