Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques
When possible, our doctors may recommend minimal incision surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery, as an alternative to traditional open surgeries for certain conditions.
In this type of surgery, only very small incisions are used. The work is often performed using specialized tools, including a fiber optic camera to observe the surgical site.
Advantages of minimally invasive surgery include:
- Less post-surgical pain
- Less scarring
- Lower risk of post-surgical complications (including infection)
- Usually no hospitalization required (and when it is required, the stays tend to be shorter)
- Faster recovery
- Lower cost in most cases
Reconstructive Foot Surgery
When non-surgical techniques such as shoe modifications or orthotics cannot adequately accommodate or alleviate the discomfort of a foot injury or deformity, reconstructive surgery may be your best choice.
- Bunion correction. Surgery may be necessary if the bunion is causing daily pain or interfering with activity, and conservative treatments are no longer sufficient.
- Hammertoe correction. Hammertoes usually require surgery once the bent joint becomes too rigid to manipulate by hand.
- HyProCure surgery. This is a minimally invasive and fully reversible procedure that can fix a common hindfoot misalignment often responsible for a variety of foot problems, including flat feet and heel pain.
- Flatfoot reconstruction. Severe flat feet may require surgical correction.
- Charcot foot reconstruction. Poor circulation and severe peripheral neuropathy (especially in combination with diabetes) can lead to repeated broken bones and the structure of the foot breaking down. Surgery is often required to save the foot.
- Bone fractures. In non-stable fractures (such as when there are multiple bone fragments, or the broken ends do not line up correctly), bones may need to be repositioned surgically to ensure that they heal correctly.
Reconstructive foot and ankle surgery can involve many different techniques, including bone grafts, cutting and realigning bones (osteotomy), repairing and transferring tendons, and even implanting stents or artificial joints. Our experts will devise a surgical plan that properly addresses the needs of your specific situation.