The term Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) or keyhole surgery describes surgery techniques which utelise tiny or no cutes as opposed to traditional methods which may require larger incisions.
But How is It Changing The Way We Do Things?
For many people suffering from foot and ankle issues it can affect everything from your overall health to your social life. Many people are reluctant to seek help due to the fear of a complicated surgical procedure or the associated long recovery process.
A decade ago it was not uncommon to be told you would be required to be immobilised non-weightbearing in a cast and a wheelchair or crutches for up to two months! Often you would also be required to stay in hospital for several days after your initial surgery.
Thankfully due to advancements in technology, modern procedures, reliable implants and fixation options and the introduction of life-x-ray imaging (fluoroscope), we are able to change the stigma associated with foot and ankle surgery.
The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery
At Western Podiatric Surgery minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery comes with a variety of benefits which can include:
- Same day procedures as outpatient surgery
- Immediate weight-bearing
- Faster recovery times
- Less blood loss
- Less need for pain medication
- Reduced risk of infection
- Less scarring
Before a final decision is made factors such as your age, lifestyle, medical history and medications are taken into consideration by our team when deciding the right procedure for you.
Bunions, bone-lumps and bumps, heel spurs and hammertoes are a just a few of the conditions that can be corrected by M.I.S. If you would like to know the most up-to-date procedures available and those offered via M.I.S, book an appointment with Dr Chris Pocklington today.