This is a surgical technique where the operation is performed through very small incisions, only a few millimeters long. This is in contrast to traditional surgery, which is performed through large incisions on the foot.
Minimally Invasive Surgery has perceived advantages over open surgery:
• Smaller Incisions are made
• Fast healing time
• Minimal Scar
• Less Swelling and Discomfort
Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) Q & A
What conditions can be treated with MIS?
This technique is particularly useful in bunion surgery, where very small scars and better joint
movement can be achieved. Other condition and deformities includes: Hammertoes, heel pain,
metatarsalgia, neuroma, stiff big toe, diabetic foot ulcerations, and so on.
How is minimally invasive foot surgery performed?
The foot is numbed using an ankle block like traditional surgery and you can be awake or asleep,
depending on your preference. A few 3mm incisions are placed around the foot to allow access
for the specialized instruments. A radiologic precision diagnostic machine is integral to the
operation to ensure the instruments are directed accurately, ensuring precise bony cuts and
therefore an excellent correction.
Can any surgeon perform this kind of surgery?
No. Very specific training in minimally invasive techniques is required and these training courses
have restricted access. A new range of surgical tools, not normally used in traditional open
surgery are used and these require a new set of technical skills in order to master the different
surgical techniques. This requires training and experience. Not all foot and ankle surgeons
perform minimally invasive foot surgery.
Is it for me?
Most people are eligible to have minimally invasive surgery, however it is not for everyone. Some
deformities are too large to be corrected using minimally invasive techniques. A consultation with
us will allow you to discuss this in detail and decide which method of foot correction is
appropriate for you.
Importantly, the form of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) we have developed is founded on long
established approaches to foot surgery. This means the patient’s recovery and outcome is very
controlled and predictable. However, we are able to achieve this outcome while reducing impact
on bone structure and soft tissues.