If you have been battling foot discomfort for some time and conservative techniques have failed to produce results, it may be time to consider arthroscopic surgery. Arthroscopic surgery is different from a traditional foot operation, and it can be the perfect solution for the right patient battling a joint issue. In today’s blog, we take a look at why someone may pursue arthroscopic foot surgery and the benefits it can provide.
The Arthroscopic Surgery Difference
Unlike a traditional open corrective procedure, an arthroscopic operation uses a fiber-optic camera to allow the surgeon to visualize the surgical site without needing to create a large opening in the skin. Miniature tools are also used when viewing the area in order to carry out a variety of foot and ankle procedures. For example, arthroscopic foot surgery can help with the early stages of arthritis, remove bone spurs and other joint impediments causing problems, address chronic issues like joint instability, and it can even help with certain big toe problems.
Not only can arthroscopic surgery be used to correct a bunch of debilitating foot issues, it also offers substantial benefits over traditional open surgery. Some of those benefits include:
- Reduced Foot Trauma – Arthroscopic surgery results in less trauma to the foot and ankle, and smaller incision sites don’t need as long to heal. Because smaller tools are used, the incision site does not need to be very big at all, reducing trauma on the foot.
- Faster Healing – Because there is reduced trauma on the body and incision sites are smaller, recovery time is faster. This means you can spend less time at the surgical facility and begin physical therapy sooner, which can also help to reduce patient costs.
- Fewer Stitches and Scar Tissue – A smaller incision site will require fewer stitches and result in less scar tissue development, both of which are preferred to the alternative.
- Reduced Risk of Infection or Complications – Smaller incision sites also mean that there’s a reduced likelihood that foreign bodies can enter the site and cause an infection. Other complications, like blood loss or nerve damage are also both reduced if the operation site is smaller.
- High Degree Of Accuracy – Because the surgeon can visualize the site with the aid of the fiber optic camera, the operation can still be performed with a high degree of accuracy without the need to create a large incision so that the surgical site can be viewed directly by the surgeon.
If you are wondering if arthroscopic surgery may be the right for your joint issues, now is the time to reach out to our care team. We can provide a diagnosis and develop a comprehensive care strategy to help treat your underlying issue. For more information or to set up your first appointment, reach out to Dr. McDonald today.