Minimally invasive foot surgery refers to a procedure 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 surgery. 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 fact, minimally invasive foot surgery allows us to be able to control and predict a patient’s recovery and better manage the outcome.
What are the 5 benefits of having minimally invasive foot surgery?
- Less injury – With minimally invasive foot surgery there will be less injury to the soft tissue. Compared to traditional open surgery where long incisions are made that may create more trauma to the soft tissue, minimally invasive surgery uses much smaller incisions, disturbing less tissue and leading to a quicker recovery time.
- Less pain – Studies have shown that minimally invasive surgery patients report less pain than patients undergoing traditional surgery. As a result, patients of minimally invasive surgery require a lesser amount of pain relievers after the procedure is done and may experience greater comfort during their period of recovery.
- Shorter surgery time – Because there is only a small incision, the allotted surgery time for minimally invasive foot surgery procedures are often shorter than traditional surgeries.
- Less anesthesia; more qualifying patients – Due to the nature of minimally invasive foot surgery procedures, patients often remain awake during surgery after careful local anesthesia to the foot area, reducing the use of general anesthesia. Essentially what happens during these procedures is that the foot is merely asleep. This opens up surgical possibilities for patients who may have been previously considered at risk for traditional surgeries due to their medical history.
- Less scarring – As a result of minimally invasive foot surgeries’ smaller incisions, scars left by these procedures are smaller and less noticeable. Of the scars that do form, they often have less of a jagged edge than those left by traditional open surgeries.
If you have been experiencing foot or ankle pain and you are wondering about the solutions we offer, call Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington today. Our Seattle podiatrists can help to assess your current discomfort and determine whether or not a minimally invasive procedure or other non-surgical option may be the right path for you.
To set up an initial appointment with us, call our office at (425) 678-3877 or fill out our contact form.