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Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery for Bunions

Minimally invasive foot surgery, known as MIS, involves performing surgical procedures with smaller incisions and specialized instruments, often utilizing advanced imaging technology for precision. This approach reduces tissue damage, postoperative pain, and recovery time compared to traditional open surgery. For bunions, MIS techniques focus on correcting the bony deformity at the base of the big toe with minimal disruption to surrounding tissues. Podiatric surgeons may use small incisions to access and realign the bones, remove excess bone or tissue, and stabilize the joint with screws or other fixation devices. MIS for bunions offers several advantages over open surgery, including faster recovery, reduced risk of complications like infection and scarring, and less postoperative pain. It is particularly suitable for mild to moderate bunions with minimal joint involvement and flexible deformities. However, severe bunions or those requiring extensive bone correction may still require traditional open surgery for optimal outcomes. If you have discomfort from a bunion, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss whether surgery might be a good option for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Michael Schwartzman, DPM of Illinois and Indiana . Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in West Chicago, IL and Whiting, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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