by Dr. Christopher Milkie
What is the bunion surgery procedure with the best outcome? What about minimally invasive bunion surgery, or bunionectomy? What is the difference, and what is the best for me? These are questions that we hear frequently at Milwaukee Foot Specialists.
Did you know that your bunion can be removed using a Minimal Incision Surgery, or MIS? In fact, this technique may just be your best option. Imagine having that painful, unsightly condition removed in under 30 minutes and getting back to a regular shoe in under 10 days. Now compare that to how bunions were once treated using a large incision, a hospital stay of one week, a cast for six weeks, and three months before you could wear your own shoes.
Minimal Incision Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, or MIS, has become more common in treating all parts of the body. The foot is no different. MIS is not to be mistaken for laser surgery. Although we do use lasers for treating some foot conditions, those conditions that can be treated using a Minimal Incision Surgery technique can’t be treated with a laser.
What exactly do we mean by Minimal Incision Surgery? The incision is usually just 1/8″ compared to most incisions for surgery in the foot that are 2-10 centimeters. All of the work to fix the condition is done through this tiny incision. There are many advantages to having a small incision, such as less pain after the procedure, faster healing, decreased risk of infection, and less time off of work, just to name a few.
In addition to bunions, other common foot conditions that can be treated using MIS are hammertoes, corns, neuromas, and bone spurs. Some conditions can be treated right in our podiatry office under local anesthesia. You can walk out of the office with only one stitch and a small bandage. No cast or crutches are necessary. What is more, you can return to your own show in just a few days.
In our podiatry office, surgery is usually the last resort for most foot conditions. When it is necessary, using Minimally Invasive techniques may be the best option. If you have been considering having your bunion removed or have another foot concern, we invite you to consult with us about the possibility of Minimal Incision Surgery.