What is minimally invasive surgery?
The field of minimally invasive surgery is expanding as new techniques develop and technology continues to evolve. This type of surgery typically involves an endoscope — a surgical camera on a flexible tube — and small incisions or very thin needles. As a skilled foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Colón-Martínez provides minimally invasive surgical procedures to patients for a variety of conditions including:
- Tendon and ligament repair
- Joint reconstruction or replacement
Today, you can receive minimally invasive surgery for just about any type of orthopedic procedure, including hip and knee replacements, which once were possible only through invasive open surgery.
What foot and ankle conditions can minimally invasive surgery address?
In many cases, minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery can take place as an outpatient procedure, so you don’t have to stay overnight in the hospital. These surgeries include:
- Bone and heel spurs
- Ankle arthroscopy
- Achilles tendon repair
- Corns and calluses
- Plantar fasciitis
- Flatfoot reconstruction
- Arthritic joints
- Diabetic ulcers
- Nerve entrapments
The advantages of minimally invasive surgery include:
- Minimal scarring
- Faster recovery
- Reduced need for pain medications
- Increased rate of successful outcomes
- Long-term pain relief
- Restored mobility
- Lower risk of infection from surgery
- Lower risk of blood loss
If you suffer from foot and ankle conditions or other orthopedic problems, you may be a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery.
Am I a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery?
When you come to OrthoWellness to determine if you’re a good candidate for minimally invasive orthopedic surgery, Dr. Colón-Martínez performs a complete evaluation of your condition and your overall health. She takes your lifestyle, age, and many other factors into consideration, including nonsurgical treatments you may not have tried. In some cases, you can get relief from chronic conditions or injuries nonsurgically, under Dr. Colón-Martínez’s expert care.
However, if nonsurgical treatments don’t provide the relief you need, or if you have a severe injury or degenerative condition, like an Achilles tendon rupture or osteoarthritis in your knee, you may benefit from minimally invasive surgery. If, together, you and Dr. Colón-Martínez decide that’s the best course of action for your desired outcome of less pain and a more active lifestyle, she explains your specific procedure and recovery so you know what to expect.
To learn more about minimally invasive surgeries at OrthoWellness, call the office for a same-day appointment, or schedule one online. Walk-ins are also welcome, and hablamos Español.