Minimally Invasive Ankle Surgery

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If you are experiencing acute or chronic ankle pain and are seeking innovative and effective treatment, minimally invasive surgery may be the right option. At Modern Orthopaedics of New Jersey, our award-winning surgical team performs cutting edge technology in minimally invasive surgery techniques to treat a wide variety and ankle injuries and conditions on an ongoing basis. Learn more about our approach to minimally invasive surgery below:

Overview of Minimally Invasive Ankle Surgery

Minimally invasive ankle surgery, also known as small incision surgery or minimal incision surgery (MIS), is an alternative approach to conventional open ankle surgery that provides precise access to the ankle joint through one or more small incisions known as keyhole incisions. The use of thin instruments, cameras, and intraoperative imaging techniques allows orthopedic surgeons to perform superior surgical repairs while effectively protecting the surrounding muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other structures allowing for minimal downtime and rapid return to activity.

Minimally invasive surgery is not the recommended treatment option for all ankle conditions or patients, but when viable, its advantages are numerous. The benefits of minimally invasive ankle surgery can include:

  • Less pain
  • Reduced swelling, scarring, and soft tissue disruption
  • Fewer wound complications
  • Faster recovery times

Anatomy of the Ankle for Minimally Invasive Ankle Surgery

The ankle is a hinge-type joint composed of three bones (the tibia, fibula, and talus) as well as many ligaments, muscles, tendons, and other structures. One of the most complex joints in the human body, it allows for flexion and mobility while also converting the entire body’s weight onto the foot.

Conditions Commonly Treated With Minimally Invasive Surgery

Not all ankle conditions that require surgery are treatable with minimally invasive surgery.  Your foot and ankle surgeon will carefully evaluate the best approach based on your specific needs, circumstances, and health goals.

Some ankle conditions that are commonly treated through minimally invasive surgery include (not an exhaustive list):

  • Ankle fractures
  • Ankle arthritis and bone spurs
  • Ankle instability
  • Ankle ligament and cartilage injuries
  • Ankle osteochondral lesions
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Achilles tendon ruptures

Diagnostic Techniques for Minimally Invasive Ankle Surgery Candidates

The diagnostic techniques used for minimally invasive ankle surgery candidates are essentially the same as the diagnostic techniques used for any ankle surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon will take a detailed medical history, perform a thorough physical examination of your ankle joint, and then order imaging tests as necessary. Depending on the condition being treated, images from X-rays, MRI, or CT scans may all be beneficial in preparing for minimally invasive ankle surgery.

Consulting With a Specialist for Minimally Invasive Ankle Surgery

Ready to effectively address your ankle pain and improve your quality of life? So is the world-class team of surgeons at Modern Orthopaedics of New Jersey.

Contact us today to book an appointment and find out whether minimally invasive ankle surgery will be the right treatment option for you!

The Procedure for Minimally Invasive Ankle Surgery

Minimally invasive techniques can be used to treat a wide range of different foot and ankle conditions. While each surgery is uniquely tailored to the specific needs of the patient, the common element that underpins all minimally invasive surgeries is that they are performed through one or more small incisions rather than by opening the ankle joint using a longer incision. Cameras and thin tools are inserted through these keyhole incisions to accurately perform surgical procedures with guidance from cutting-edge intraoperative imaging.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Recovery Process Like After Minimally Invasive Ankle Surgery?

The recovery process after minimally invasive ankle surgery depends on the type of procedure performed. Like conventional open surgery, it typically involves rest followed by a gradual return to full mobility, but is often more rapid and streamlined.

What Is the Expected Recovery Time and Rehabilitation for Minimally Invasive Ankle Surgery?

The timeline for recovery after minimally invasive ankle surgery is dependent on the type of surgery performed. Speak directly with your surgeon for an accurate estimate based on your personal situation.

What Are the Potential Risks and Complications of Minimally Invasive Ankle Surgery?

Like any surgical procedure, minimally invasive ankle surgery can involve potential risks and complications. These may include:

  • Less visualization of the surgical site
  • Tendon, ligament, or blood vessel injuries
  • Complications associated with anesthesia or infection
  • Possible need for open surgery
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