In the past, podiatrists had to depend on traditional surgery procedures requiring incisions longer than an inch, which meant extended recovery times for patients. Today, Dr. Hayes and other podiatrists are able to perform minimally invasive foot surgery that significantly shortens foot surgery recovery because it requires very small incisions. This type of surgery also reduces skin trauma, scarring, and discomfort after surgery.
During minimally invasive foot surgery, Dr. Hayes may utilize scopes (arthroscopes) equipped with tiny cameras to view the interior of the foot. An endoscopic plantar fasciotomy is an example of a scope-assisted procedure that is indicated for patients with chronic plantar fasciitis.
Advantages of Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery
- Shorter surgery times.
- Smaller incisions mean recovery times are quicker and typically unproblematic.
- Significantly less injury to surrounding healthy tissues.
- Minimal loss of blood.
- Use of local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia. Patients do not need to be put to sleep during minimally invasive foot surgery. Instead, local anesthesia is injected into the procedure site which completely numbs the foot.
- Patients feel little to no discomfort during the procedure.
- Scars are tiny and less noticeable. If scars do form following surgery, they are usually more smooth and not as jagged-edged as scars formed from larger incisions.
- Lower risk of infection.
- Reduced need for prescription or over-the-counter pain relievers.
Foot surgeries performed by Dr. Hayes take place in a comfortable, relaxing environment where your needs are addressed immediately. You'll also be happy to know you can go home after having surgery. How long you remain in the care of Dr. Hayes depends on the type of foot surgery you need.
Types of surgeries performed:
- Tarsal Tunnel Nerve Entrapments
- Toenail Removal
- Callus Removal
- Advanced Wound Care
- Diabetic Foot Ulcerations
- Plantar Wart Removal
- Pressure Ulcers