As the term ‘minimally invasive’ suggests, the goal of minimally invasive surgery is to minimize disruption of healthy tissue during surgery. With the significant advances in scientific technology, the specialized surgical instruments and techniques of minimally invasive surgery can be used to successfully treat several simple and complex ankle conditions such as removal of loose bodies or inflamed tissue from the ankle, fracture reduction, debridement of bone and cartilage lesions, and treatment of anterior or posterior impingement.
Small incisions: Traditional open surgery would require the surgeon make a large incision to visualize the site of injury. While performing minimally invasive ankle surgery, your surgeon makes a small incision through which a fiberoptic camera can inserted to view the surgical site. Magnified images from the camera can be viewed on a large monitor by the surgeon while performing the surgery.
- Less tissue injury: The specialized miniature surgical instruments allow the surgeon greater dexterity while performing surgery minimizing need to cut muscles, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels resulting in less blood loss and tissue injury.
- Less postsurgical pain: Studies have demonstrated that most patients report less post-surgical pain, and consequently may require less pain medications as compared to traditional open ankle surgery.
- Faster recovery: Most minimally invasive ankle surgeries can be performed as outpatient procedures under local anesthesia. Patients can typically return home on the same day as the procedure, or the next day. Return to activities of daily living is also faster.
- Less scarring: Due to the small incisions, patients can expect to have very small scars following surgery. The likelihood of damage to the internal organs and formation of adhesions is also minimal.
The Foot & Ankle Specialists of NewportCare Medical Group provide advanced minimally invasive surgery for foot and ankle conditions that are unresolved with nonsurgical treatment. Call us today for an appointment.