If you develop a bunion or suffer a fracture, minimally invasive surgery can ease your pain and speed up the healing process. At Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center, board-certified foot and ankle surgeons Eric Harmelin, DPM, and Rikhil Patel, DPM, offer minimally invasive surgery to people of all ages. To schedule an appointment at the office in Annapolis, Stevensville, or Glen Burnie, Maryland, call the nearest location, or book online today.
Minimally invasive surgery uses advanced techniques and special tools to address problems that affect the feet and ankles. It makes smaller incisions than traditional surgery, allowing for quicker recovery times, a lower risk of complications, and improved treatment outcomes.
Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center uses minimally invasive surgery to treat a variety of foot-related health problems, including:
You might also benefit from minimally invasive surgery if you experience a plantar plate tear.
To determine if you qualify for minimally invasive surgery, Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and physically examines your feet and ankles.
During the exam, your provider gently presses on the areas of your foot or ankle that cause you pain, looking for signs of redness, warmth, or swelling.
If a physical observation isn’t enough to pinpoint the cause of your discomfort, your provider might ask you to perform a series of strength and range of motion exercises. They might also order X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI to assess the bones, joints, and soft tissues in your feet or ankles.
Let your provider know if you take any prescription medications or nutritional supplements. Also, alert them if you have an underlying health problem like high blood pressure or diabetes, as they may increase the risk of complications.
Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center performs minimally invasive surgery on an outpatient basis. Before the operation, your provider administers general anesthesia, putting you to sleep.
Once you’re comfortable, they make several small incisions in your foot or ankle. Your provider inserts special tools through the incisions and uses an endoscope –– a skinny tube with a camera at the end –– to guide treatment.
After removing damaged bone or tissue from your foot or ankle, your provider removes the tools and stitches your incisions up.
Following surgery, your provider moves you to a recovery room for observation. When the anesthesia wears off, they provide you with recovery instructions and prescribe antibiotics and pain medication.
To learn more about minimally invasive surgery, make an appointment at Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center. Call the nearest office or book online today.