Before Surgery: Patient in her 70’s complained of 2nd overlapping hammertoe hurting because sticks up too much rubbing on shoes and bunion bump pain.
8 Weeks post-op: Corrected overlapping 2nd hammertoe that was worse than right foot shown below and bunion left foot that was worse than right foot. No hardware.
What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?
It is surgery in which we make small puncture incision(s) to do the necessary corrections, in our case, in the feet/toes. Depending on the incision site, we may insert a stitch or just tape up the small hole(s) with steri strip. It is an alternative to traditional open surgery.
What surgeries can be done in the feet/toes utilizing MIS techniques?
Bone spurs, bony bumps
Plantar fasciotomy/Heel spur removal
Neuroma decompression surgery
Panacos graft procedure for stubborn warts or multiple warts
Pros of MIS?
Less post-operative pain. Most patients do not need opoids for pain relief after the surgery.
No hardware issues.
Local anesthesia, therefore, no effects of general anesthesia or local sedation.
Minimal tissue/bone exposure. Minimal bleeding.
Decrease chances of infections.