If given a choice between two equally effective ways to fix a foot or ankle injury – surgery or a non-surgical treatment – 99 out of 100 people would choose the latter. At JAWSpodiatry, we recognize that no one wants to undergo surgery if they don’t have to. That why we always prefer non-surgical or minimally invasive surgical procedures for foot and ankle issues whenever possible and appropriate.
But what does it mean for foot and ankle surgery to be “minimally invasive”? What makes it different or preferable to traditional surgery?
Traditional Surgery v. Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgery
Traditional foot and ankle surgical techniques involve large incisions, extensive dissection inside the foot or ankle, and internal devices such as pins and screws to correct foot aa variety of problems. Such procedures often involve significant recovery time, pain and discomfort, and the disruption of soft tissue inside the body. Simply put, traditional surgery is not a walk in the park.
Minimally invasive surgery (MIS), however, reduces or eliminates many of these unwelcome aspects of traditional surgery. MIS involves the use of specially designed surgical instruments and devices, along with an advanced imaging system called a fluoroscope, to see inside the body without having to make large incisions. Surgeons perform their procedures through extremely small ‘key-hole’ incisions in the foot or ankle.