MIS, Understood

The Basics and Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)

Surgery can be a scary word after seeing a doctor or even researching your foot injuries online. It may conjure up ideas of scarring, pain, costs, and a long recovery. But it doesn’t always have to be the case. In fact, many foot conditions, pain, and problems can be eliminated without surgery. Find a podiatrist who can work with you on finding more conservative approaches first. 

Dr. Parikh with Family Foot and Ankle Center will do a complete examination and determine what steps can be taken to help her patients. Except in extreme cases, she will exhaust every option before resorting to surgery. But, when there is no other option, Dr. Parikh offers patients something better than traditional surgery -- she practices minimally invasive surgery, or MIS. 

Instead of traditional surgery with larger incisions, this effective technique involves making small surgical incisions and requires minimal to no stitching. Patients can benefit from a shortened surgery time and a more manageable recovery. Because the incision is smaller, there is also less scarring, less pain, and less injury to soft tissue. 

One minimally invasive surgery Dr. Parikh specializes in is HyProCure. In this particular surgery, a titanium stent is placed between the ankle and heel bones to realign and stabilize the foot. This procedure not only reduces the pain of misalignment but, because of being minimally invasive, also allows patients to return to normal walking within a few weeks.

If you have a foot concern, be sure to visit your podiatrist for a complete examination. Dr. Parikh is currently accepting new patients, so if you live in the Chicago area, schedule an appointment today.