Minimally invasive or key-hole Bunion surgery is a technique that reduces the size of the incisions during the surgical procedure. The Minimally invasive Bunion surgical technique has evolved and is in its third generation. It involves performing an osteotomy of the first metatarsal and phalanx through keyhole incisions and stabilizing with screws under fluroscan guidance. Dr Dracopoulos has completed three cadaver workshops on this method and recently spent time in Sydney learning this technique from a recognised leading surgeon in the field. Committed to offering patients the latest technology Dr Dracopoulos has now commenced keyhole or minimally invasive surgery for selected bunion cases.
MIS involves a much smaller skin incision through which the entire joint replacement operation takes place. In total knee replacement surgery this can often mean patients receive an 8-9cm surgical scar rather than 24-25 cms. This can also mean decreased post-operative pain due to reduced surgical disruption to surrounding muscles and tendons, a shorter stay in hospital and a faster return to everyday activities.
Possible specific complications include:
In addition, as with any surgery there is a risk of deep vein thrombosis (blood clot) with potentially very serious consequences.
Occasionally (but not often) patients may have such a complication so severely that they feel worse off and need further correction surgery to address this, possibly by fusion of the great toe.
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