Minimally invasive surgery uses specialized tools and advanced treatment techniques to limit the size and number of incisions made during an operation.
Minimally invasive surgery is safer than traditional open surgery. What’s more, it allows for a quicker recovery, less time in the hospital, and a reduced risk of potential complications.
Minimally invasive surgery uses endoscopic tools. These tools are smaller than traditional surgical tools and are easy to insert through very small incisions. Before surgery, your provider administers general anesthesia that puts you to sleep.
Once you’re comfortable, your surgeon makes several small incisions near the areas of your feet or ankle being treated. Then, they insert a thin tube with a camera on the end into the incision. The camera provides real-time images to a digital monitor in the operating room.
Your surgeon uses the live video feed to guide the surgical procedure. After repairing the damaged or diseased portion of your foot and ankle, they remove the surgical tools. Following the procedure, you’re moved to a recovery room for observation.
After the anesthesia wears off, a friend or family member can pick you up and drive you home.
Minimally invasive surgery provides a variety of benefits, including:
Minimally invasive surgery also speeds up the recovery process. Most people are able to return to exercise and other routine activities within a month of their procedure.
Almost everyone qualifies for minimally invasive surgery. During your initial consultation, let your surgeon know if you have any underlying health problems like high blood pressure or kidney disease. It’s important these and other issues are stable before undergoing general anesthesia.
In addition, alert the team to any vitamins, nutritional supplements, or prescription medication you regularly take. They might ask you to stop consuming them prior to your procedure to minimize the risk of complications.
To learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive surgery, make an appointment at DeLoor Podiatry Associates by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.