Minimally Invasive Surgery

What is Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)?

MIS is a newer technique of bunion surgery, gaining more in popularity over the past few years. It is a percutaneous technique that is able to get the correction of a bunion deformity whilst using smaller incisions compared to a longer incision in a traditional open bunion surgery. Minimal invasive bunionectomy has a theoretical advantage of decreasing recovery and rehabilitation time. When compared to traditional open bunionectomies, studies show that MIS technique results in less pain, smaller scars, and overall increased patient satisfaction. However, studies do not show that there is a fast recovery time compared to traditional open bunion surgery.

Am I a candidate for MIS?

  • Patients who have failed conservative or non-operative treatment measures such as wearing wider shoes, padding, and orthotics, are candidates for bunion surgery. One of the best advantages of minimally invasive surgery, is that patients with a potential for post surgical complications such as healing delays due to their comorbidities, may benefit from MIS as the incisions are much smaller
  • Patients who have a milder to moderate bunion are better candidates for this technique of surgery. If you have a severe bunion deformity, this technique is not for you
  • There should be minimal arthritis within the joint at the location of bunion deformity

To see if you are a candidate for MIS, schedule an appointment with the Midwest Foot & Ankle Clinics today


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