Thanks to minimally invasive surgery, it’s possible to correct common foot problems like bunions and hammer toes during quick, virtually pain-free, outpatient procedures. At Performance Footcare of New York, PC, board-certified podiatrist Bryon Butts, DPM, boasts years of experience performing minimally invasive surgery. His years of training and expertise ensure amazing results and long-lasting outcomes. To make an appointment at the practice in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, or Lake Success, New York, call the nearest office today or schedule online.

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What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is a less-risky alternative to traditional open surgery. It uses specialized tools and advanced techniques to address common foot problems.

Minimally invasive surgery requires smaller incisions and less time in the operating room. That results in fewer complications, less bleeding, and quicker recoveries.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery provides many benefits compared to traditional open surgery, including:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less pain
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Quicker recovery times
  • Reduced blood loss

Because minimally invasive surgery involves smaller incisions, it also results in less noticeable scars.

How do I prepare for minimally invasive surgery?

Before recommending minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Butts reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and conducts a physical exam.

Whenever possible, Dr. Butts uses conservative, noninvasive treatments to manage foot and heel pain. For example, custom orthotics or at-home stretches may be able to provide significant relief.

Sometimes, at-home treatments aren’t enough to provide relief, and surgical intervention is necessary.

Before undergoing a minimally invasive procedure, let Dr. Butts know if you have an underlying health problem. Chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure may increase the risk of complications, so it’s important these issues are managed and stable.

What conditions can benefit from minimally invasive surgery?

At Performance Footcare of New York, PC, Dr. Butts uses minimally invasive surgery to treat various problems that affect the feet and ankles, including:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Hammer toes
  • Bunions
  • Heel pain
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Warts

You might also benefit from minimally invasive surgery if you experience a sports injury like a severe sprain or dislocated ankle.

What does minimally invasive bunion surgery involve?

Minimally invasive bunion surgery is an outpatient procedure that reduces the size of a bunion –– a bulbous, bony growth on the outside edge of your foot.

During surgery, Dr. Butts makes several small incisions near the bunion. He carefully removes the damaged portion of your MTP joint (the joint at the base of your big toe) and realigns your bones. Then, Dr. Butts inserts pins and screws to maintain the correction and closes the incisions.

When the anesthesia wears off, you’re moved to an observation room and Dr. Butts provides at-home care instructions.

To see if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive surgery, make an appointment at Performance Footcare of New York, PC, by calling the nearest office today or scheduling online.