Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist

Foot Clinic

Anthony Spitz, DPM

Podiatrist & Ankle and Foot Surgeon located in Wheeling, IL

Minimally invasive surgery offers the advantages of a reduced chance of infection, faster recovery, and better results overall. Only a handful of Illinois podiatrists can perform this kind of foot and ankle surgery. At Foot Clinic in Wheeling, Illinois, highly skilled podiatrist Anthony Spitz, DPM, has undergone specialized training to perform minimally invasive surgery during his nearly 30-year career. Call the office or use the online scheduler to get help now.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q&A

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery includes a variety of surgical techniques that emphasize faster rehabilitation, reduced chance of infection, and excellent long-term results. 

Dr. Spitz is one of the few podiatric surgeons in the state of Illinois who possess the highly specialized training and advanced skills needed for this kind of surgery. 


How is minimally invasive surgery different from traditional surgery?

In traditional foot and ankle surgery, your surgeon creates an incision 3-6 inches long. This allows full access to foot and ankle bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. 

But having such a big incision greatly raises the risk of postsurgical infection. Large incisions also make significant scarring virtually inevitable. After traditional foot or ankle surgery, recovery can take quite some time as well.

Minimally invasive surgery is different because Dr. Spitz creates only 1-2 tiny incisions. He uses specialized miniature surgical instruments to directly access all the areas needed without damaging your surrounding healthy tissue. In minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Spitz doesn't use any hardware — no plates, pins, or screws.

Minimally invasive surgery doesn't require as much anesthesia as traditional surgery, and you don't have to stay in the hospital. Recovery is generally much easier with minimally invasive surgery, with less pain. This allows you to walk and resume your normal life faster. 

Thanks to the reduced need for anesthesia and avoiding a hospital stay, minimally invasive surgery is also less expensive than traditional foot and ankle surgery.


What problems can minimally invasive surgery treat?

Dr. Spitz treats many conditions and issues with minimally invasive surgery, such as:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Heel spurs
  • Hallux rigidus
  • Foot misalignment
  • Flat feet
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis

Foot Clinic offers the latest techniques to treat these and other foot and ankle issues.


What surgical techniques are used?

Dr. Spitz performs a variety of minimally invasive procedures, including:

HyProCure® 

HyProCure is a simple procedure in which Dr. Spitz inserts a tiny stent between your ankle and heel bones. This corrects a variety of problems including flat feet and also relieves heel, foot, hip, back, and other kinds of chronic pain. 

TenJet®

TenJet is a minimally invasive surgery that treats chronic tendon pain. In this procedure, Dr. Spitz uses ultrasound guidance to identify the area needing treatment. He administers a jet of saline to blast damaged tendon tissue away and create suction that keeps the damaged tissue from your healthy tendon. TenJet treats conditions like Achilles tendinitis and may also treat plantar fasciitis. 

When you need foot or ankle surgery, trust one of the area’s premier podiatric care providers. Call the Foot Clinic office or book using online scheduling today.