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Foot Surgery FAQs: Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery

What is minimally invasive surgery?

A small incision is created on the foot, and a uniquely designed instrument is inserted into the opening. The whole process is done through a small opening of about one inch. At the end of the surgical operation, a stitch may be used to seal the opening, and a small bandage protects the surface.

Why is minimally invasive surgery a better option compared to others?

Minimally invasive surgery causes little harm to body tissues because there is a little dissection of the layers of the body. This process ensures a quick recovery; this means the individual can walk quickly after the surgery and get back to their normal lives quickly. Certain minimally invasive foot surgery causes minimal pain.

What are some of the the advantages of minimally invasive surgery?

A small cut is applied rather than large incision.

Smaller incision results in fewer side effects including less bleeding, less pain, less scarring, reduced intake of narcotics, less complications which reduce the risk of infection and avoid little injury on the muscles, nerves and tissues.

Is this a new type of surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery isn’t a new type of surgery, It has been over two decades since the first founders started the development of this technique. With increasing development, the pioneers discovered a way to fix bunions, heel spurs and hammer toes with minimal pain and recovery time.

What is a bunion?

A bunion deformity is made up of three parts. The physician or doctor will analyze your foot during the medical consultation and point to you which part, if there is any or the entire parts your bunion deformity has.

  1. Increase in the size of the metatarsal head, which causes bumps on that part of the foot.
  2. ‎Deviation of the first metatarsal bone toward the midline of the body which causes the metatarsal head to protrude and therefore makes the bump more visible.
  3. ‎ The big toe moves toward the little toe and pushes against the second toe.
What is an arthritic bunion?

An arthritic bunion is a type of bunion in which the big toe and the foremost metatarsal are straight but an arthritic bone is present, which spurs around the joint and thereby limiting motion, causing a lot of pain during motion and an inability to bend the toe properly.

What is a tailor’s bunion?

A tailor’s bunion takes place at the joint where the little toe bone connects the foot bone on the external part of your foot.

Why should I treat my bunion?

When a bunion is left untreated, it will move and affect other parts of your feet, legs and back. There is a high probability that a bunion affects the arrangement of other toes because of increased pressure from the affected toe. Toenails may start to grow into the sides of the nail bed; toes may develop corns or become bent forming hammertoes.

What type of surgery do I need?

The kind of surgery needed is dependent on the bunion type and the parts of the bunion deformity the patient wants to correct.

Various types of techniques used are

  1. Simple Bunionectomy – It involves the removal of the bump of the increased metatarsal head
  2. Bunion with Osteotomy – This technique employs the removal of bump and causes the toe and the metatarsal to straightens out
  3. Tailor’s Bunion – This removes the bump of the enlarged fifth toe.
How long does the surgery take?

The surgical operation usually takes half an hour to be completed. From the start to the conclusion, the affected individual will be in the surgery center for about 90 minutes, including the preparations before the operation and postoperative recovery time.

Is there much pain?
No.  Minimally invasive bunion surgery causes minimal pain.
The amount of pain is reduced if the patient follows the postoperative instructions which include safety measures like elevation and icing of the operated area. Patients are also given pain medication to take as the need arises, however, a lot of our patients are not medicated after the surgery.
When can I drive?

Driving is allowed immediately after the operation and walking is okay as long as it is not overdone.

When can I go back to work?

Well, this depends on the type of surgery you have performed on you, and the type of work you do. For example, people who as a result of their work, are on their feet for eight or more hours daily, will have to take some time off than people who sit for a long time at work.

How long will I wear the post op shoe?

In a simple bunionectomy, the postoperative shoe should be worn for a week. However, in a little more complicated bunionectomy, which includes surgical fractures, the shoe might be worn for about five weeks.

What if I’m from out of town?

We attend to patients and treat them from across the country, and we also want to make it as easy as possible for patients outside our immediate area to consider Northwest Surgery Center. We even have partnerships with some local hotels to provide reduced rates to patients. You can learn more by calling us today.

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