While several foot and ankle conditions can be addressed without surgery, when the issue is especially severe or has been left untreated for too long surgery may be necessary. The most frequent issues which will necessitate surgery of some type include:
When a surgical operation is deemed as minimally invasive it refers to a particular technique that allows the surgeon to accomplish the results using very small incisions or no incisions at all. The surgeon will perform the operation in a manner which will cause little to no damage to the affected area and to patient. This can include using tools including endoscopes, laparoscopes, or lasers. These types of procedures won’t entail as much recovery time, will create less bleeding, requires less anesthesia, leaves minimal scarring, and is far less painful during healing. Patients and doctors alike often prefer these types of surgeries.
The type of foot or ankle surgery used will determine the length of the recovery time and what type of aftercare will be needed. Aftercare is crucial because a successful and more comfortable recovery will depend on how well the patient executes their aftercare responsibilities. This will typically involve resting, icing, applying compression, and elevating the affected ankle or foot to some degree. Bandages, crutches, surgical shoes, splints, casts, or canes may be needed following the operation to improve recovery and ensure it is safe. The doctor will inform patients if and when they will be able to bear weight on following the procedure. Patients should follow all the instructions provided. If you are dealing with foot pain or are worried that you may require surgery to address a specific issue, contact the office to schedule a consultation with the doctor.