Today, all of us know about orthopedic surgeons performing minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery on knees and shoulders, obstetricians performing minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery and even cardiologists and nephrologists performing minimally invasive surgery on hearts and kidneys respectively. It may surprise you to know that all the research that I have gathered and studied has led me to believe that podiatrists were the first medical specialists to perform minimally invasive surgery. The reason for this as far as I can tell is that back in the 1970s, most podiatrists were unable to attain hospital privileges to do their surgery. Necessity was the mother of invention and pioneers of The Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery developed procedures which could be safely and efficiently performed in the comfort of their own offices at greater convenience and lower cost to their patients. The Foot Care Revolution had begun.
What is it?
Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery is a relatively new way to correct foot problems in which the skin incision (usually less than 1/8 inch in length) is only large enough to introduce special instruments into the offending area.
What types of foot problems can be corrected by minimally invasive foot surgery?
The most common problems are:
Other foot problems, such as ingrown and infected toenails, can be corrected without making any skin incision at all.
What are some of the advantages of minimally invasive foot surgery?