The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Treating Foot and Ankle Problems

The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Treating Foot and Ankle Problems

When you can’t get around because of foot or ankle issues, it can affect everything from your overall health to your social life. Many people are reluctant to seek treatment, however, due to fear of a complicated medical procedure and long downtime during recovery. Fortunately, many issues can now be treated with minimally invasive surgery.

Here at OrthoWellness in Boca Raton, Florida, Dr. Mirylsa Colón-Martínez and our team provide a wide range of services from total ankle replacements and joint preservation procedures to Achilles tendon reconstruction. Our state-of-the-art treatments include minimally invasive surgery and regenerative medicine, such as platelet-rich plasma. Dr. Colón-Martínez uses integrative and functional medicine for a holistic approach in a personalized and supportive environment.

The benefits of minimally invasive surgery

Conventional foot and ankle surgery involves one large incision. On the other hand, minimally invasive procedures are done either through small keyhole-like incisions or with thin needles. Often a surgical camera on a flexible tube known as an endoscope is used to provide visibility for the surgeon. The location of the instruments can also be shown by taking an X-ray.

Minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery comes with a variety of short-term benefits including:

Long-term positives include minimal scarring and greater likelihood of a successful outcome.

Bunions, bone and heel spurs, and hammertoes can be addressed in this manner, as can corns, calluses, plantar fasciitis, and diabetic ulcers. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but gives you an idea of the variety of foot and ankle issues that can be treated with a minimally invasive procedure.

Good candidates for minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery

In many cases, more conservative, nonsurgical treatments can provide relief for foot and ankle discomfort, and Dr. Colón-Martínez explores those first. However, if these therapies are unsuccessful and pain continues from chronic conditions or injuries, you may be a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery.

Factors such as your age, lifestyle, and medical history are taken into consideration and a complete evaluation of your foot problem and overall health are performed before a final decision is made. Be assured that we provide detailed information about the specific procedure itself and what to expect both during recovery and as a long-term result.

If you're experiencing foot or ankle pain, call our office or click the button to book an appointment with Dr. Colón-Martínez to find out if minimally invasive surgery could be right for you.

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