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Minimally Invasive Surgery Solutions For the Foot

Minimally invasive surgery is an excellent way to repair or alter tissues without a large incision or significant tissue displacement. It is also an area of specialty for Denton Podiatrist David Barber, DPM, and the team at Denton Podiatry. If you or a loved one needs foot or ankle surgery, schedule a visit at Denton Podiatry to learn if minimally invasive surgery is an option. Call the office or schedule an evaluation online today.


Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A


What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is a surgical approach using one or more small incisions to access the surgical area, rather than the traditional surgical approach, often called open surgery. 

While different surgical systems facilitate minimally invasive surgery, the general approach uses a thin tube equipped with a light and camera to enable surgeons to “see” the interior tissues and structures. 

Thin surgical tools are inserted through tiny incisions to perform tissue alterations or remove tissues from the body. This technique allows Dr. Barber to correct abnormalities without the risks and recovery times of open surgical procedures. 

What can be done through minimally invasive surgery?

Thanks to advancements in surgical tools and techniques, Dr. Barber performs most bunion corrections using minimally invasive surgery. He also uses minimally invasive surgery to treat neuroma or pinched nerves within the foot. 

Additional uses for minimally invasive surgical techniques include:

⦿ Hammertoes
⦿ Metatarsal surgery
⦿ Achilles tendon repair
⦿ Ankle deformities or damage 
⦿ Heel spurs
⦿ Recurring corns

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While minimally invasive surgery is not the right treatment approach for every condition, there are numerous benefits to choosing this approach compared to traditional open surgical techniques. 

Dr. Barber has extensive experience using the TENEXⓇ procedure, an approach that uses a treatment needle to remove precisely targeted tendon tissue while also stimulating healing. TENEX incisions are so small they usually don’t require sutures. 

David Barber, DPM

What are some benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is Dr. Barber’s preferred approach in cases where this technique yields optimal results. Some of the benefits of minimally invasive procedures include:

⦿ Less bleeding during surgery
⦿ Smaller incisions
⦿ Swifter healing times
⦿ Less tissue displacement
⦿ Reduced scarring, both internally and along the incision lines
⦿ Reduced pain 

When you come in for your diagnostic workup, Dr. Barber explains the available treatment options, including minimally invasive surgery. You’ll receive the details needed to make an informed decision about your care. 

If you’d like more information about minimally invasive surgery and the role it might play in your treatment path, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

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