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.
Conditions that can be treated with minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery
- Bunions (Hallux valgus)
- Hammer toes/Claw toes/Mallet toes
- Big toe arthritis (hallux limitus)
- Flat feet
- Midfoot Arthritis
- Painful corn and callous
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgery
- Less risk of scarring
- Less 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