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Foot Surgery - Advances in Minimally Invasive Surgery

The advantages of minimally invasive surgery are well known in the medical community and this procedure has grown exponentially over the past 5-10 years. Because of the many advantages, I believe this trend will continue to grow. Some common examples of minimally invasive surgeries you've probably heard of include laparoscopy, hernia repair, spinal surgery, heart surgery, gastric bypass, hip and knee joint replacement to name a few.

I'm a great advocate of this type of procedure and I've had a lot of success treating my patients using minimal invasive surgery. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that this specialized technique exists for treatment in the lower extremity and suffer unnecessarily with pain and discomfort.

 

Over the past 19 years, I have perfected minimally invasive procedures for treating some of the most common foot problems. It takes an artist's hand and much expertise to accomplish this and I have had outstanding results. I use this specialized technique in selected patients with hard and soft corns, calluses, hammertoes, bunions, tailor's bunions and heel spurs.

The advantages of using this technique vs. traditional surgery include the following:

  • Less pain
  • Faster recovery
  • Faster return to work and activities
  • Little or no scarring
  • In office procedure ~ avoid high cost of hospital and surgery center fees
For example, it's not commonly known that corns and calluses are caused by excessive pressure from bone against bone or bone against shoe gear. Patients frequently believe that it is thick skin itself causing the problem. That is not the case. The underlying bone is often deformed or has a spur which gives rise to excessive thickening of the skin due to the excessive pressure. This gives rise to inflammation, pain, and ultimately the corn or callus.

The Difference Counts

Most surgeons will take their patient to the hospital or surgery center and perform a surgery using the traditional long incision procedure when removing abnormal bones or spurs. With my minimally invasive surgery technique, smaller incisions are made and we gently place our small, specialized instrument underneath the skin to contour the abnormal bone back to more normal anatomy. Smaller incisions mean faster healing and less discomfort with all of the same benefit of traditional surgery. Typically, there is little to no pain post procedure.

Whether you are considering surgery or would just like to learn more about this specialized treatment ~ what it is and how it works; I invite you to come in for a consultation. We can discuss your personal options and to see if this procedure is right for you.

Discover how we can help you become pain free for good. Click here or Call 510-521-3410 ~ Dr. Jeffrey J Niccoli Board-Certified, Alameda Family Podiatry Group Serving Bay Area patients from San Francisco, Oakland, Fremont, and Alameda

   
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