Foot Surgery FAQs: Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery
Foot Surgery FAQs: Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery
A type of surgical procedure that accesses the surgical site thru a small opening in the skin, not a long incision.
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 less than an inch. At the end of the surgical operation, a stitch may be used to seal the opening, and a small bandage protects the surface.
Minimally invasive surgery causes less harm because there is only minor disruption of the soft tissue. This process ensures a quick recovery. The patient can walk immediately following the surgery and get back to their normal lives quickly. Certain minimally invasive foot surgery causes minimal pain. The entire outpatient procedure lasts about 90 minutes, from your arrival to the time you walk out of your surgery and drive yourself home. Compare bunion surgery types here.
Quick outpatient surgical procedure – about 90 minutes including pre- and post-op.
Almost pain free, walk out of surgery and drive yourself home.
Minimal or no time off work.
Quick recovery time, measured in weeks, not months.
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.
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. Find out more about the types of bunion surgery here.
A bunion (Hallux Valgus) is a red bump that forms on the inside of the foot at the big toe joint. It often coincides with the big toe angling in toward the other toes. The condition is caused by an imbalance in the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the foot. Bunions can be removed by a quick outpatient procedure similar to a dentist visit.
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.
- Increase in the size of the metatarsal head, which causes bumps on that part of the foot.
- 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.
- The big toe moves toward the little toe and pushes against the second toe.
See Also: What You Need to Know About Bunions
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.
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 other toes because it pushes them out of alignment.
Toenails may become ingrown, corns and hammer toes might form if a bunion goes untreated.
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
- Simple Bunionectomy – It involves the removal of the bump of the increased metatarsal head
- Bunion with Osteotomy – This technique employs the removal of bump and causes the toe and the metatarsal to straightens out
- Tailor’s Bunion – This removes the bump of the enlarged fifth toe.
Learn more about the minimally invasive technique here.
You can drive yourself home about an hour and a half after you arrive for your minimally invasive foot procedure.
This depends on the type of surgery and the type of work you do. People who’s job requires them to be on their feet for hours at a time might have to be assigned “light duty” work or miss more work than people who sit for a long time at work.
About 1 to 5 weeks, depending on the extent of your specific procedure. It also depends on the type of bunion surgery you have.
Our patients come from across the US to let us fix their bunions and foot problems. We’ve partnered with a few nearby hotels to give our patients reduced rates. Even if you’re outside our 2 locations near Milwaukee and Denver, we can fix your bunions, hammer toe and heel spurrs without abig ordeal.
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A bunion corrector is a sling, strap or other type of apparatus that attaches to the foot and puts pressure on the big toe in order to force it away from the other toes. This is an attempt to make the big toe point straight, back to its’ natural position. But the real question is, “Do bunion correctors work?” For more information, see this article about bunion correctors.
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