One of our main podiatry services here at Integrative Foot and Ankle Centers of Washington is minimally invasive foot surgery. These procedures can be performed through extremely small incisions to correct many painful foot diseases and conditions, including bunions, hammertoes, stiff big toe, painful calluses, diabetic foot ulcerations, heel pain, warts, and much more. Additionally, minimally invasive foot surgery allows us to perform these as outpatient procedures, meaning you can go home the same day after the surgery. But what exactly is minimally invasive foot surgery and what are its benefits?
Minimally invasive foot surgery refers to a type of surgery done with a very small incision that requires little or no stitching. Through these extremely small incisions, surgeons insert specially designed instruments to perform the operation. Interventions are carried out through these small incisions and they have minimal exposure to the surgical field, causing minimal or no injury to the adjacent tissue. Because of this, minimally invasive foot surgery allows us to be able to control and predict a patient’s recovery and outcome more manageable.
Minimally invasive surgery is first pioneered by Dr. Morton Polokoff in 1945, he developed these techniques as a system of sub dermal surgery using very small instruments. In the decades since then, further surgical advancements have led to the state of art procedures that we perform today, making minimally invasive surgery much safer and more comfortable for patients. However, these minimally invasive foot surgeries should be performed only by trained surgeons. They acquire these specialized surgical skills only after extensive training, continuing education, seminars, and fellowship within minimally invasive foot surgery community.
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Minimally invasive foot surgeries provide many benefits, including: