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Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery

Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery NYCBecause your feet are so vital to your quality of life, you must take care of them. Yet most people neglect them until it’s too late. Don’t jeopardize your ability to work and to remain mobile; visit your Manhattan foot doctor for regular care and when you need to have surgery on one or both feet for any reason.

An NYC podiatrist, Dr. Jennifer McCoy almost always first recommends prevention and home care to resolve issues with your feet. Foot pain can be debilitating, so if you are prone to conditions such as ingrown toenails or hammer toes, talk seriously with your foot doctor about preventive steps to avoid surgery and further complications.

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.

When All Else Fails

When home care therapies don’t relive your foot pain, your NYC podiatrist may recommend surgery to resolve your condition. While there are emergency surgeries for which you won’t have much choice — such as when your Achilles tendon tears — an expert Manhattan foot doctor, Dr. Jennifer McCoy relies on minimally invasive surgery (MIS) to relieve your disorder. Minimally invasive surgery refers to procedures for your feet that:

  • Usually are performed in the office of your podiatrist
  • Typically are outpatient procedures
  • Allow you to go home the same day
  • Rely on very small incisions, minimizing blood loss
  • Sometimes use laparoscopy with tiny cameras and instruments
  • Leave you with less pain
  • Often let you walk out of the procedure with minimal assistance
  • May require a boot or other walking device
  • Have fewer complications
  • Produce less scarring
  • Lead to a quicker recovery period

With all these benefits, it’s no wonder your podiatrist tries to minimize your trauma and instead rely on minimally invasive procedures. When you require surgery, MIS is your best bet.

What a Foot Doctor Treats with MIS

Unfortunately, all foot conditions don’t lend themselves to light, minimally invasive foot surgery. Your foot doctor in New York may have to resort to more traditional surgical procedures for conditions such as:

However, most foot conditions that require surgery can be performed in your Manhattan foot doctor’s office with minimally invasive techniques. Common outpatient surgical procedures include:

Robotic Technology

Technological advancements have allowed your podiatrist in NYC to offer a considerable amount of minimally invasive techniques in his office. Robotics give your podiatric specialist or a foot doctor the power to see into very small openings without large, invasive incisions and tools. These computer-guided techniques actually give your foot surgeon better control of the surgical instruments.

Your foot doctor may look as if he’s playing video games when working with robotic-assisted tools for your foot surgery. But the view on a large nearby screen shows what he’s doing while operating the tiny instruments. The computer software that runs the instruments allows your podiatric doctor in NYC even greater accuracy while making smaller incisions.

Endoscopic Surgical Techniques

An endoscope is a small camera that sits on the end of a thin, narrow tube. Your podiatrist inserts the device into the small incision he makes on your foot. The surgical instruments — such as a blade, scraper or other surgical instrument — attaches to the snaking tube alongside the camera, which provides up-close visuals of the procedure.

Your podiatric surgeon uses a digital screen that magnifies the image from the camera so that only small incisions are needed. Endoscopic surgery shares many of the same benefits as robotic surgery:

  • Few or no incisions
  • Lower chance of infection
  • Less blood loss
  • Quicker recovery
  • Reduced pain

Laser in on a Cure

Laser surgery is considered minimally invasive and offers a wide range of options for podiatrists to treat everything from toenail problems to cosmetic reconstruction. Laser surgery is ideal when your foot problem exists in the soft tissues of your feet.

Lasers work by emitting a concentrated beam of light on the affected areas. It’s a painless procedure that may leave you with a warming sensation. When you walk out of podiatric doctor’s office in NYC immediately following a laser treatment, you’ll have:

  • Very little scarring (if any)
  • Minimal bleeding
  • Virtually no pain

Good Looking Feet

One of the most common foot deformities and birth defects is called hallux valgus. It’s a condition that leads to an unsteady gait and unsightly feet. In the past, foot doctors relied on traditional surgical measures to realign the bones and soft tissues in the foot to correct the deformity, but minimally invasive solutions are now available.

According to a 2014 article in Podiatry Today, minimally invasive techniques used to correct the deformity still aren’t being used among all American podiatrists. Early sturdies abroad, however, indicate success with a surgery known as Minimally Invasive Distal Metatarsal Osteotomy or Distal Linear Osteotomy. Benefits from the procedure include:

  • Less trauma to outer skin layers
  • Lighter scars that often can be blended into natural skin folds
  • Happier patients who enjoy all the benefits of minimally invasive surgery

The inpatient procedure steps are:

  1. Local or general anesthesia
  2. Inserting a small guide wire to guide the podiatrist’s movements under a fluoroscope
  3. A small, 5-millimeter incision
  4. Holes drilled in misshaped bone
  5. New wires inserted for proper placement of the metatarsals
  6. The incision is sutured closed

The risks of this procedure include:

  • Healing that’s somewhat unpredictable
  • Potential misplaced metatarsals, requiring another surgery
  • Instability of the thin wires
  • Soft tissue irritation

Minimally Invasive Surgery Risks

While your foot doctor expects little to no complications from outpatient, minimally invasive foot surgery, there’s always risk involved in any level of invasiveness. When you meet with your podiatrist, list any medications you’re taking, underlying diseases you may have and injuries in your past. It can make all the difference in how well you recover from these procedures.

Without complete disclosure, you may have complications that could include:

  • Infections
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Damage to nerves in your feet
  • Blood clots
  • Re-injuring your foot
  • General dissatisfaction with the results

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 a definitive medical advice. Please consult 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 Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery procedure in NYC? Would like to schedule an appointment with an internationally recognized, top NYC Podiatrist and foot doctor, Dr. Jennifer McCoy of Manhattan Foot Specialists, please contact our office for consultation.

Manhattan Foot Specialists
Dr. Jennifer McCoy, Podiatrist (NYC Foot Doctor)

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

(Between Madison Ave & Park Ave)
(212) 687-2930

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