How Minimally Invasive Surgery Will Help Your Bunions and Hammertoes
posted: May 12, 2015.
If you have been having difficulty with the pain and discomfort of bunions and hammertoes, minimally invasive surgery may be recommended as a treatment option. It offers a number of benefits that will help to provide relief from their symptoms.
What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is a term used to describe several types of surgical and diagnostic procedures. Traditionally, when surgery is performed, a large incision is made in order for the doctor to operate. With MIS, a procedure can be performed using small incisions or holes into which specially-designed instruments are inserted.
Podiatrists can treat bunions, hammertoes, and other foot concerns using this treatment method. Sheldon H. Nadal, D.P.M. has been using it in his Toronto podiatry office for more than 30 years.
Advantages of Treating Bunions and Hammertoes with Minimally Invasive Surgery
The advantages of treating bunions and hammertoes with MIS are:
- Less trauma to the soft tissues of the foot, which means less tissue damage and a quicker return to normal activities.
- Many patients who have undergone this type of procedure report less pain and need less pain relievers than patients who have undergone traditional surgeries to correct bunions and hammertoes
- Since local anesthesia is used during surgery, the procedure takes less time than if general anesthesia were used. Recovery time is shortened and patients are able to return to their normal activities more quickly.
- Minimally invasive surgery of the foot and ankle means smaller incisions than with the more traditional approach to surgery. Scars are smaller and less noticeable.
Do you have bunions or hammertoes and are wondering whether a minimally invasive surgical procedure is right for you? Contact Sheldon H. Nadal D.P.M. to schedule an appointment for a personal consultation to discuss your concerns today.