We know – if you are suffering from a painful foot or ankle condition, you likely want to avoid having surgery at all cost. Not only can it be frightening, but having to undergo these types of procedures also means that you will have to spend even more time off your feet to recover. But, in some cases, surgery is the best way to resolve issues that affect your feet and ankles.
The good news is that, Dr. Anthony Spitz offers minimally invasive procedure options to better serve those of you suffering from foot and ankle problems. In fact, there are a number of benefits to these types of procedures, including less pain and shorter recovery time. Which is why podiatrists and physicians alike often prefer to perform minimally invasive surgery instead of using traditional methods.
Not convinced? Well, let’s talk a little bit more about these procedures – how they can benefit you and the conditions they aim to treat.
What are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery?
During a traditional surgery, a patient’s foot or ankle is often opened up to allow the surgeon to access those parts of the body that need to be repaired. Incisions can range from three to six inches in order to reach bones, muscles, and tendons, and opening the body to this degree certainly increases the risk of infection and scarring. Recovery time often tends to be longer, as well.
Conversely, minimally invasive surgery only requires a couple of incisions that are significantly smaller than those made during traditional surgeries. This is thanks to specially designed instruments – similar to the tiny instruments used by jewelers – that are inserted into the body through small incisions made in the skin that allow us to directly access areas all the way down to the bone.
Further, these tools help correct deformities without damaging the surrounding soft tissue.
y using this method, minimally invasive surgery comes with many benefits, including:
- Less anesthesia
- Low risk of infection
- No hospital stays
- Quick recovery time
- Less scarring
- Less pain
Indeed, a procedure that requires less anesthesia not only reduces your risk of physical issues, it also saves you money!
And with less time spent undergoing surgery, your chances of contracting an infection is significantly lower. Not to mention that you are able to return to the comfort of your own home shortly after the procedure is completed, and smaller incisions will allow you to recover more quickly with minimal scarring.
What Can Minimally Invasive Surgery Treat?
As technology continues to innovate every aspect of our lives, from how we drive our cars to how we clean our houses, surgical procedures have not only improved their methods but also expanded the list of conditions that they can treat.
A wide array of simple surgeries has been developed throughout the years to address many foot and ankle problems, including HyProCure.
Some of the conditions that no longer require the use of complex surgical procedures due to technological advances are:
- Heel spurs
- Hallux rigidus
- Plantar warts
- Misaligned feet, and more!
So, if you are experiencing foot or ankle problems, don’t avoid getting help just because you are worried or nervous about having surgery!
The longer you wait to address the condition, the more likely your chances are of needing to undergo more complicated surgeries in the future to correct a problem that maybe wasn’t even all that serious to begin with.
The TenJet System is another minimally invasive procedure option. This type of treatment targets and treats the source of chronic tendon pain, by using ultrasound guidance and a local anesthesia for patient comfort.
TenJet delivers a high-pressure stream of saline that can differentiate between healthy and damaged tissue. The stream of saline creates a suction effect, which cuts and removes injured tissue while leaving the healthy parts of the tendon unharmed. Any scar formation can be very easily broken down and removed via this negative pressure, allowing for less trauma and improved healing capability of the injured area.
Some of the most beneficial aspects of this treatment include:
- Minimal incisions.
- Only a local anesthetic is required.
- Recovery periods are faster.
- No stitches required.
TenJet can also be used to help treat heel pain (plantar fasciitis) and Achilles Tendonitis.
Dr. Spitz Can Help You Today!
We are committed to providing exceptional services for any foot and ankle issues you may be experiencing.
When you come visit our office, we will perform a thorough evaluation of your feet and ankles in order to determine what course of action is most beneficial to your unique situation. Depending on your condition, we may recommend minimally invasive surgery to relieve pain and discomfort. And that’s okay – you will be in good hands! Dr. Spitz is one of only three doctors in Illinois certified in minimally invasive surgery by The Academy of Minimally Invasive Foot And Ankle Surgery.