Minimally invasive bunion surgery is a surgical procedure to remove bunions that requires only a small incision. A minimally invasive foot procedure has many advantages over conventional open-foot surgery, including minimal pain and short recovery time.
Bunions are corrected using very small, one stitch incisions that do not require general anesthesia. With local anesthesia, your foot is numb and you remain conscious. Your foot is wrapped up post-op in a soft cast allowing you to walk right out of the operating room. You can even drive, go back to work, and do other normal activities right away.
No screws, plates or wires are used. Most patients walk out of surgery and drive themselves home. Many patients report not feeling any pain. Recovery is measured in weeks, not months.
The primary advantage of minimally invasive surgical techniques is that they involve less tissue damage providing patients with a faster healing and recovery process. In standard or “traditional” techniques where large incisions are used, many layers of tissue have large incisions that need to heal in order for full recovery to occur. As a result, the recovery process can take much longer.
Minimally invasive techniques use small, targeted incision to minimize tissue damage for much faster healing, including far less swelling and discomfort. Plus, since the incision site is smaller, there’s much less chance of infection to develop compared to standard large incision surgical techniques, and few or no stitches are needed to close the incision.
Some of the advantages of minimally invasive surgery are:
Dr. Glass uses a special imaging technique that relies on a fluoroscope to track the progress of surgical instruments while they’re in the body. A fluoroscope uses x-rays to see through the soft tissues so the surgical instruments can be properly positioned for fast and accurate results with minimal pain.
Minimally invasive surgery requires a few stitches but patients usually can walk out of Dr. Glass’s office after the procedure is completed. Patients can return to work within a few days and hospitalization is most likely not necessary. Dr. Glass will discuss the healing requirements during your consultation.