What is Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery?
Minimally invasive foot surgery is accomplished with surgical instruments and tools that are engineered for use through very small (minimal) incisions. To give you an idea of how small, the incision is not much bigger than the width of a pencil lead. The incision only needs to be large enough for the tool below to be used (approximately 3mm). Image below is enlarged for viewing:
Traditional surgeries require a much larger incision which inflicts more damage to soft tissue causing more pain, scar tissue, and longer healing & recovery time. An example: the incision needed for traditional open surgery for a bunion is approximately 150 times larger at 50mm as shown below:
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery?
The benefits of having a minimally invasive surgery compared to traditional large incision surgery are many. It makes sense when you consider the difference in the size of the incision is substantially smaller. The smaller incision allows Dr. Romman to avoid disturbing other soft tissue when correcting your foot issue. This avoidance is a huge benefit for you resulting in:
What types of foot problems can be treated with Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery?
Many foot problems can be treated without surgery for a period of time. Leaving them untreated at all will become extremely painful over time. When that time arrives and surgery is necessary to restore function and improve your lifestyle - the following common foot problems can be addressed with minimally invasive surgery:
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