Minimal incision surgery is a minimally invasive approach to a number of foot procedures. It involves the use of small incisions and tiny instruments, so there is far less damage to surrounding tissues. As a result, you heal more quickly, experience less scarring, and can get back on your feet in no time.
Other benefits of minimal incision surgery include decreased risk of infection following surgery and a better chance of returning to all your normal activities.
Before recommending surgery, Dr. McCall does try to heal your condition with conservative treatments, like rest, physical therapy, orthotics, and bracing. But, when these treatments aren’t enough to reduce your pain and improve your function, he recommends surgery.
Minimal incision surgery is effective in treating a number of conditions, such as:
These surgeries differ in technique. Bunion surgery, for example, can be done in one of several ways. Dr. McCall may focus on cutting or fusing the bone behind the big toe joint. Sometimes, he fixes your toe into place using a screw or pin. The ultimate goal of bunion surgery is to remove the bulge by the big toe and restore normal walking function.
Other foot conditions may also require surgery. Dr. McCall makes recommendations on a case-by-case basis.
Minimal incision surgery is usually performed in a surgery center and does usually require anesthesia for patient comfort.
The exact surgical technique used for your procedure depends on your personal needs. Dr. McCall explains the protocol in advance of your surgical appointment.
You’ll be sent home the same day to recover. Dr. McCall and his staff provide you with comprehensive aftercare instructions so you know how to care for your incision, what medications to take, and when you can resume certain activities.
The doctor encourages you to walk soon after most procedures. He’ll provide you with a walker, crutches, cane, or scooter if needed. Moving normally as soon as possible helps you recover more quickly and avoid complications.
If you have a condition like hammertoe or bunions that requires surgery, contact Ankle and Foot Clinic of Idaho to find out if you’re a candidate for minimal incision foot surgery. Call today or use this website to schedule your consultation.