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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Arizona Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatric Medicine and Surgery located in Goodyear, AZ

While it’s generally the last resort if conservative treatments aren’t effective for you, minimally invasive surgery is highly beneficial for correcting the most complex foot and ankle conditions. Because of his extensive background and training in minimally invasive surgery, board-certified podiatrist Samuel W. Cox Jr., DPM, of Arizona Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC can help you recover from injuries or chronic conditions. If you need a surgical procedure or would like a second opinion, book an exam at this Goodyear, Arizona, podiatry clinic today. Request an appointment online or call to book over the phone.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

Why do I need minimally invasive surgery?

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Minimally invasive surgery is a modern solution for correcting injuries and chronic conditions, without the need for long incisions and excessive cutting into soft tissues. You may need a minimally invasive podiatric procedure to treat:

  • Bunions, hammertoes, or mallet toes
  • Pediatric foot or ankle deformities 
  • Tendon or ligament ruptures 
  • Arthritic damage 
  • Sports injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Neuromas 

Minimally invasive surgery is also sometimes necessary to treat serious diabetic foot ulcers that cause complex tissue damage. 

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

The experts at Arizona Foot & Ankle Specialists often prefer minimally invasive procedures to traditional open surgeries whenever possible. Minimally invasive techniques are beneficial because:

  • Recovery is quicker
  • Risk of error or blood loss is reduced
  • Post-operative discomfort is minimal

Because your dedicated foot and ankle surgeon can use a high-definition camera — like an arthroscope — to view your inner structures more clearly, they can make more precise repairs. This way, you have a more effective surgery and a lower risk of reinjury.  

How long does it take to recover from minimally invasive surgery?

The team at Arizona Foot & Ankle Specialists is dedicated to ensuring you receive the education you need to understand exactly what to expect from your minimally invasive surgery. In most cases, you should be able to walk around comfortably with a supportive brace or cane within a couple of weeks.

But a full recovery can take 4-6 weeks, depending on the extent of your procedure and how quickly you heal. Your podiatrist at Arizona Foot & Ankle Specialists may have you start physical therapy during your recovery process to promote healing and increase strength. 

If you’re an athlete, runner, or someone who exercises regularly, it could take at least a couple of months to return to your sport without having limitations. Your dedicated provider can teach you exercises you can do to cross-train as you recover from minimally invasive surgery. 

Find out more information about minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery solutions offered by Arizona Foot & Ankle Specialists by booking an exam. Schedule online or over the phone.