What is Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)?
Dr. Anthony Yi has undergone additional advanced specialized training in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) of the foot and ankle under leaders in the field. He is committed to making these novel, safe, and effective techniques available to patients. MIS involves the use of special instruments that allow the surgeon to perform surgery through small incisions (often as small as a few millimeters). He offers less invasive and minimally invasive surgery that offers many advantages while still having the same (or better) results compared to more traditional, more invasive techniques.
Advantages of MIS
Small incisions (as small as a few millimeters).
More gentle to your skin and cosmetically pleasing.
Less bleeding and infections.
Smaller incisions mean faster recovery.
LESS POSTOPERATIVE PAIN
Also can decrease the amount of pain medications you take after surgery.
Start putting weight down on your leg as early as the day after surgery.
Examples of MIS
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- MIS bunion (hallux valgus) correction
- MIS toe deformity correction
- MIS foot deformity correction
- MIS foot fusions
- MIS removal of bone spurs
- e.g. big toe arthritis (hallux rigidus) bone spur removal
- Arthroscopic ligament reconstruction and repair
- e.g. Brostrom procedure, deltoid repair
- Percutaneous (mini-open) Achilles tendon repair
- Peroneal tendoscopy.
MIS Severe Deformity Correction
Minimally invasive surgery allows for powerful correction of severe deformities.
Before MIS deformity correction
An example of a complex foot deformity (severe bunion, hammertoes, and metatarsus adductus) (left) before MIS correction.
After MIS deformity correction
After MIS correction of complex forefoot deformity.
Minimally invasive surgery allows for correction of deformities through small incisions.
Powerful correction through minimal incisions
An example of the small incisions (a few millimeters) used to correct a bunion. The red arrows point to the 3 small incisions used for MIS bunion correction.
Fix injuries through minimal incisions
An example of a small incision (~3 cm) used to repair an Achilles tendon tear.
In contrast, traditional techniques involve the use of a several inch long incision.