5 Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Foot surgery can be a long and expensive endeavor with the post-surgery stay and the recovery time following the surgery. There is an alternative to most foot surgeries with minimally invasive surgery.
What is minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery relies on using various techniques without using large incisions. This type of surgery is often covered in common foot surgeries, such as Bunion-shaving and repairing a ruptured Achilles’ tendon. The podiatrist starts by making small incisions around the area of the foot being operated on. He then uses these small incisions for their advanced tools and cameras to be able to see and better repair the injury with a lower amount of problems. So, what are the benefits of this revolutionary surgery?
The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery
When compared to normal, open surgery, patients can experience a number of benefits following the surgery. Listed below are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery.
- Smaller Incisions
Although more incisions are used, they are incredibly small (less than ½ inch to 1-inch). Compared to the one large incision (about 3 to 8 inches) for normal surgeries, minimally invasive surgery allows for less pain during the recovery process as less of the body is repairing itself from one large incision.
- Decreased Risk of Complications
Utilizing small incisions means less amount of blood loss during the surgery, lower risks of infections after the surgery, and less trauma to the tissue. So, you can recover peacefully knowing you won’t experience a large amount of potential complications.
- Reduced Scarring
Reduced trauma to the feet correlates to less scarring since your body isn’t working as hard to repair one long incisions, but rather several smaller ones about the size of a papercut. Reduced scarring means you can wear those sandals or heels with confidence.
- Quicker Recovery time
The decrease trauma to tissue and lower risks of complications leads to a quicker recovery time. This will ultimately save you money as you are not staying at the hospital for a long period of recovery time.
- Less Expensive
Speaking of money, minimally invasive surgery is overall less expensive than normal surgery. The reduced recovery time and shorter hospital stay add more savings to your pocket.
Visit A Podiatrist
If you are experiencing serious foot pain, you need to see a podiatrist. They will ultimately determine the best course of action whether it is minimally invasive surgery or routine foot care. Give First Coast Foot and Ankle a call at (904) 739-9129 to schedule an appointment today!