Just because something is new doesn’t necessarily make it better. But when it comes to foot and ankle surgery, recent advances in technology and technique have dramatically and unequivocally changed the treatment of many common problems for the better. At JAWSpodiatry, we are leaders in the use of minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery (MIS), a revolutionary new approach that provides significant advantages over traditional surgery for those suffering from foot and ankle conditions.
JAWSpodiatry’s Dr. Abraham Wagner is the founder of the Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgical Institute. Dr. Wagner has extensive training and substantial experience performing MIS procedures and continues to spearhead the efforts to make these innovative and affordable treatments more widely available for patients throughout South Florida.
What is Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgery?
In minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery, we use a highly advanced imaging system called a fluoroscope to see inside the body and assess the patient’s injury or condition without having to make large incisions. Our surgeons then use specially designed surgical instruments and devices to perform the needed work through tiny and barely visible ‘key-hole’ incisions in the foot or ankle.
MIS is as effective, if not more so, than traditional surgery in resolving a wide array of common foot and ankle issues, including:
- Heel pain or plantar fasciitis
- Hammertoe deformities
- Corns or calluses (anywhere in the foot)
- Bone spurs
- Bunion deformities
- Metatarsal pain or metatarsalgia (pain along the ball of the foot)
- Achilles tendon pain
- Ankle arthritis
- Big-toe arthritis (hallux limitus)
- Some aspects of flat feet
- Ulcer Prevention
Downsides of Traditional Surgery
Traditional surgical procedures, while effective in treating a wide range of foot and ankle conditions, come with plenty of downsides for patients who need surgery to fix their issues. Traditional foot and ankle surgeries involve large incisions, extensive dissection inside the foot or ankle, and internal devices that need to be implanted such as pins and screws.
Given all of that, it is no surprise that such procedures often involve significant recovery and healing time, days or weeks of pain and discomfort, and the disruption of soft tissue inside the body, increasing the risk of complications and infection. These are just some of the reasons we explore all alternatives to traditional surgery when treating foot and ankle problems.
Upsides of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery, however, reduces or eliminates many of the undesirable aspects of traditional surgery. In addition to reduced pain, discomfort, and recovery time, the many benefits of MIS include:
- Lower risk of infection
- Minimal blood loss
- Shorter surgery time
- Local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia
- Minimal and barely visible scarring
- More comfortable and relaxing, with the procedure performed in our state-of-the-art, in-office surgical suite rather than a conventional and cold outpatient or hospital setting.
Learn More About Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgery. Call JAWSpodiatry Today.
At JAWSpodiatry in Hollywood, Florida, we pride ourselves on being pioneers in the field of minimally invasive foot and ankle surgical techniques. We use the most advanced non-invasive techniques to minimize pain and hasten recovery for patients suffering from all foot and ankle problems.
If you would like to learn more about minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery or Dr. Wagner’s philosophy, skills, and approach, please call us today at (954) 922-7333 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. We look forward to the opportunity to help you.