Published on Nov 18, 2016, modified on Nov 14, 2019 by Dr. Solomon (Podiatrist), Manhattan Foot Specialists

Laser Foot Surgery

Laser Foot Surgery NYC

Coping with painful and inflamed foot issues can drastically affect your quality of life. You may take your mobility for granted until these issues arise, and suddenly everyday activities become difficult to accomplish. Foot pain can stop your exercise regimen and make it painful to even get out of bed in the morning. If you’re suffering from foot pain, seek out the best podiatrist in NYC for a full examination and diagnosis.

One of the treatment options your Manhattan podiatrist may recommend is laser foot surgery. Laser technology may seem intimidating, but it’s based on a simple concept: the use of a focused light beam as a cutting tool to burn away unwanted tissues and growths. It’s not too different than using the directed beam of a magnifying glass to burn grass or dry leaves when you were a kid.

Laser is an acronym that stands for: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. It’s a beam of light that can serve many functions. An intense beam can burn through matter, where beams of less intensity are harmless and can be used to communicate information.

All symptoms, potential procedural/surgical options should always be discussed with your podiatrist after a thorough consultation and examination for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Surgical Laser

A surgical laser beam, like the MLS laser used in foot surgery, vaporizes and cuts tissues instantaneously. MLS stands for Multi-wave Locked System. It uses two wavelengths of synchronized light. One of the lasers reduces inflammation (swelling) and the other relieves pain.

Lasers are so precise that the area around the vaporized tissue is not affected. The laser beam is so hot that it sterilizes and cauterizes tissue as it cuts, so there’s typically less bleeding, less chance of infection and less pain than surgery with cutting instruments like a scalpel. Your Manhattan podiatric doctor may rely on the MLS laser to treat a number of foot conditions, including:

Benefits of MLS Laser Surgery

When compared to the kind of traditional surgery a leading foot doctor in NYC used to perform regularly, there are many benefits to laser surgery, such as:

  • Sprains and strains have a faster healing time, since light photons from the laser speed up the repair and growth of tissue
  • Rapid pain relief, since the laser blocks pain in the nerves traveling to your brain
  • Providing an anti-inflammatory effect, since the laser decreases swelling caused by inflammation or bruising
  • Faster recovery of your structural integrity
  • Reducing scar tissue from developing in burns, cuts, and injuries
  • Rapid improvement of your circulation, since the laser light allows new capillaries to quickly form in damaged tissue, which seals wounds faster, reduces scarring and speeds up the healing
  • Improving the nerve functionality, since the use of a laser speeds up reconnections of nerve cells
  • Superficial injuries are rapidly repaired since lasers stimulate fibroblast growth, which are the building blocks in collagen, a vital protein that replaces damaged cells with new ones
  • There’s no anesthesia required
  • Improved mobility and quicker pain relief
  • No side effects
  • Completely non-invasive

What to Expect from the Procedure

Talk to your NYC podiatry specialist about the option of laser foot surgery. If you both agree that it’s the best option for you, you can expect a non-invasive treatment that reduces your inflammation and pain. Laser pain relief is a safe and valid alternative to traditional surgery and drugs for managing your pain.

The treatment procedure takes only five to 10 minutes, depending on the condition your podiatrist or podiatry specialist is treating. The laser treatment is administered directly to your skin as the laser beam; it can’t penetrate through clothes. As performed by a leading podiatrist in NYC, it’s a painless treatment. And it’s the start of a process that lasts 18 to 24 hours to decrease inflammation and pain.

Is Laser Bunion Surgery Possible?

With today’s advances in medical technology, doctors are able to treat various conditions not only faster but with less pain and scars. Lasers are prime examples of these advances. Their focused high-intensity beam can perform precise cuts that reduce the amount of bleeding. Today, many patients who suffer from painful bunions wonder if a laser bunion surgery is available for bunion correction.

Unfortunately, laser surgery for bunions offers little promise for correcting bunions. Lasers are best used for soft-tissue and are great at treating various cosmetic issues with less pain and complications. However, since bunion surgery involves realigning the bone, a bunion laser treatment won’t yield any effective results as it cannot cut through it.

Most people who are searching for laser bunion surgery simply want a less invasive procedure that doesn’t leave a scar and has a faster recovery time. This is exactly what minimally invasive bunion surgery has to offer. The new minimal incision procedure is able to correct the bunion while leaving practically no visible scar afterward. This advanced technique for removing bunions has made the overall downtime and recovery period shorter than ever without requiring laser surgery for bunions.

Safety and Effectiveness of Laser Foot Surgery

The FDA has approved the use of MLS lasers, so they comply with the strictest guidelines to deliver the safest non-invasive treatments you can find. Your NYC podiatrist may recommend multiple laser treatments as part of your overall therapy. Most people receive three to five treatments in total to completely resolve their foot issues.

Laser treatments complement your body’s own healing ability by initiating the healing responses. The MLS laser basically floods the tissue in the affected area with photons of light, which provides added energy to the cells, resulting in pain reduction and increased blood flow to the affected area. Patients report a slightly warm, soothing sensation during treatment; however, some patients don’t feel the laser at all. There’s no pain or swelling caused by the laser.

Risks and Side Effects of Laser Foot Surgery

The risks from laser surgery are minimal. Consult the best NYC podiatrist for all the risks and complications before having any foot-related medical procedure. The reach of the laser is about two inches at maximum. There’s a risk of eye damage if you look directly into the laser beam, so you and your podiatrist wear eye protection. And there are no known complications or side effects resulting from MLS laser surgery.

You may think that lasers are extremely hot, but not all of them are. The beam is so fine in the MLS class IV laser, for example, it’s considered a “cold” laser. Additionally, there are now options to use a robotic laser or a handheld laser for better flexibility in reaching more difficult areas. A robotic laser is computer guided, under the control of a trained podiatrist in NYC, Dr. Sophia Solomon.

EPAT: An Alternative to Laser Foot Surgery

If laser surgery isn’t for you, ask a leading podiatrist in NYC about EPAT treatments for your foot condition. EPAT stands for Extracorporeal Pulse Activision Treatment. The EPAT emits acoustic shock waves that use energy from sound to treat foot issues like plantar fasciitis, as well as heel and toe spurs.

Extracorporeal means “outside of the body,” so like lasers, EPAT is a non-invasive treatment option. It has enjoyed a strong success rate without the complications, risks and long recovery time of traditional surgery. Ask your Dr. Sophia Solomon, best rated Manhattan podiatrist about EPAT.

All symptoms, potential procedural/surgical options should always be discussed with your podiatrist after a thorough consultation and examination for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Important Reminder: This information is only intended to provide guidance, not definitive medical advice. Please consult a foot doctor about your specific condition. Only a trained, experienced board certified podiatrist or foot specialist can determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

Do you have any questions about Ingrown Laser Foot Surgery procedure in NYC? Would you like to schedule an appointment with an internationally recognized, top NYC Podiatrist and laser bunion surgeon doctor, Dr. Sophia Solomon of Manhattan Foot Specialists? Please contact our office for a consultation.

Manhattan Foot Specialists
Dr. Sophia Solomon, Podiatrist (NYC Foot Doctor)

51 East 25th Street, Ste 409
New York, NY 10010

(Between Madison Ave & Park Ave)
(212) 389-9918

The information on this website is to provide general guidance. In no way does any of the information provided reflect definitive medical advice and self diagnoses should not be made based on information obtained online. It is important to consult a best in class podiatrist regarding ANY and ALL symptoms or signs as it may a sign of a serious illness or condition. A thorough consultation and examination should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call a foot doctor or call our office today and schedule a consultation with the leading foot surgeon Dr. Sophia Solomon.