Traditional surgery has served its purpose throughout the years and some of these procedures still need to be used at this time. Minimally-invasive procedures are simply an improvement over existing techniques.
What do we mean by “minimally-invasive” surgery? In all likelihood, you have a pretty decent idea as to what is entailed with traditional surgery. Minimally-invasive surgery serves the same general objective—to repair tissue damaged within the body—but does so with the use of smaller cuts and incisions.
The field of medicine is one of continual progress and innovation. The reason we are able to perform these kinds of surgeries can be attributed to technological advances. For example, we are now able to use tiny cameras on the ends of flexible connective components. This replaces the need to make a larger incision to see both the initial injury and the work we are performing to address it.
So why is a minimally-invasive surgery better than a traditional procedure? Well, there are several different reasons for this:
Even though operating rooms are sterilized to the highest standards, you obviously do not remain in there during your entire recovery. Instead, you go back out to the unsterile, “real” world. Once there, a smaller surgical site provides less opportunity for unwanted microorganisms to enter and cause an infection.
Of course, the hope is to avoid any kind of surgery in the first place. To that end, we are pleased to also offer a range of conservative treatment methods. Many patients are able to find the relief they are seeking with custom orthotics and other nonsurgical options.
If you suffer from foot or ankle pain and haven’t visited our office before, you may be interested to know that we offer free initial consultation – with no further obligation.
For more information on surgery—minimally-invasive or otherwise—contact our Houston office by calling 713.529.1010.