Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialists

Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center -  - Foot and Ankle Specialist

Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center

Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Falls Church, VA & Arlington, VA

If you suffer from common foot problems like a bunion or hammertoe, minimally invasive foot surgery may be right for you. The highly trained surgeons at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center (OFAC) correct many foot problems with minimally invasive surgery at their location in Falls Church and Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. To find out if you’re a good candidate for minimally invasive foot surgery, call or request an appointment online today.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive foot surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is an advanced technique that allows your surgeon to correct foot problems through tiny incisions (3-5mm) instead of a large one (3-5 inches). The surgeons at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center perform minimally invasive procedures whenever possible to provide you with a faster recovery time and less discomfort than open surgery.

During a minimally invasive procedure, your surgeon passes thin tools through the small incisions to treat your foot condition. They may use arthroscopy, which involves inserting a tiny camera into your ankle joint to view the inside.  

What problems does minimally invasive surgery treat?

Minimally invasive surgery isn’t right for every patient or procedure. The team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center may recommend minimally invasive surgery for certain foot problems, including:

  • Bunions
  • Bunionettes
  • Hammertoes
  • Bone spurs
  • Achilles problems
  • Plantar fascia problems
  • Foot arthritis

If your surgeon is confident that a minimally invasive procedure would produce a better outcome than open surgery, they recommend this option.

What are the advantages of minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery uses much smaller incisions than traditional surgery, which means there’s less damage to healthy tissue. This leads to numerous benefits, including:

  • No general anesthesia required
  • Minimal scarring
  • Less post-surgical pain
  • Faster recovery time
  • Earlier return to normal activities
  • No crutches needed afterward

Most patients are able to walk immediately after their surgery. You should be able to transition back to wearing regular shoes within six weeks.

What should I expect from minimally invasive foot surgery?

First, your physician at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history. They always explore all possible non-surgical treatment options before recommending foot surgery.

If your condition is severe or doesn’t improve with conservative treatment, they may recommend minimally invasive surgery. The team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center uses gentle sedation similar to what you receive at the dentist, so you’ll be awake but relaxed throughout the procedure.

Your surgeon makes a few small incisions on your foot and inserts miniature surgical instruments to perform the necessary treatment. Afterward, they wrap your foot in a soft dressing. Most people don’t need a cast or crutches.

What is minimally invasive bunion surgery?

The team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center specializes in minimally invasive bunion surgery. During this procedure, your surgeon uses special tools with the assistance of X-ray visualization to correct the foot deformity with minimal incisions, less pain, and a faster recovery.

Unlike the traditional open bunion surgery, after your minimally invasive procedure, you should be able to walk right away, and get back to driving and work a lot faster.

To learn more about minimally invasive surgery, call Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center or request an appointment online today.