More Minimally Invasive Options For Patients

By Dr. Romy Patel, DPM

Minimally invasive surgery has been utilized for many years, recently there has been a sort of renaissance for MIS in the foot and ankle. There are over 100 procedures discussed that can be done with MIS. The most common ones in the foot include a bunionectomy, hammertoe correction as well as a percutaneous plantar fasciotomy. With advances with surgical hardware and technique, these procedures can easily be done minimally invasive and the patients reap the benefits.

Minimally invasive surgery has many benefits such as, improved cosmetics, shorter recovery times, less soft tissue damage and pain. When done in the right patient, minimally invasive surgery of a bunion or hammertoe can lead to the patient recovering quicker with minimal pain. This can have secondary benefits for patients such as less opiate use and risk of dependency.

The most important factor when considering MIS is patient selection. Although MIS has advanced tremendously in the recent year, the surgeon's efforts could be in vain if the correct patient is not chosen. There are limits to the correction that can be achieved with MIS. For example, a severe bunion or hammer toe would not be a good candidate for MIS, due to the limitation on correction.

The advent and recent improvements in MIS make some common foot and ankle procedures much easier to undergo. The benefits are significant for a patient, pending good patient selection. MIS is something new we can offer patients to improve their outcome and get them back on their feet quicker.