Minimally Invasive (Keyhole) Foot Surgery

Podiatric foot and ankle surgeon Dr Kim brings significant advance for minimally invasive (keyhole) foot and ankle surgery to Brisbane and Gold Coast.

Minimally Invasive surgery has gained popularity in the field of foot and ankle surgery. Special surgical instruments/devices with advanced imaging techniques are used to visualise and perform various foot and ankle surgery through small incisions.

Because minimally invasive (keyhole) foot surgery, does not involve a long incision, it results in less trauma to the muscles and soft tissue surrounding the foot. In most cases, this results in less pain after foot surgery and a faster recovery.

Conditions that can be treated with minimally invasive foot surgery

  • Bunions (Hallux valgus)
  • Hammer toes/Claw toes/Mallet toes
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Big toe arthritis (hallux limitus)
  • Flat feet
  • Midfoot Arthritis
  • Painful corn and callous

 

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery 

  • Lower risk of scarring
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Minimal soft tissue damage
  • Minimal blood loss during the surgery
  • Minimal postoperative pain
  • Quicker recovery
  • No hospital stay
  • Quicker return to work and normal activities

 

Risks and Complications 

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks/complications that may include infection, bleeding, nerve injury, a return of the deformity as well as complications due to general anesthesia.

 

What does procedure involve?

The procedure is performed with the patient under local or general anaesthesia.

One or more small incisions are made on the inner side of the foot close to the big toe joint.

Special burrs are introduced to remove the bump on the side of the big toe joint.

The metatarsal bone is then divided and corrected in the desired position. The bone fragments are then fixed in their new positions using screws or wires.

The small incisions are closed with a simple suture or a tape and heavy dressings are applied for protection for 2 weeks.

Patients are usually allowed to weightbear immediately with caution.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner