If you’re dealing with a painful or unsightly orthopedic condition like bunions, heel spurs, or hammertoes, undergoing surgery is often the only way to find permanent relief. While these conditions are relatively common, they can require complicated surgical procedures, sometimes resulting in more pain and discomfort during the healing process. Luckily, there are different types of foot surgery to choose from, depending on the conditions you are seeking to treat and the unique needs you might have. Traditional bunion surgery and minimally invasive surgery are the two types of foot surgery that most patients choose from when it comes to treating common medical conditions and issues. In this blog, we will discuss each of the two main types of foot surgery to help you determine your best option for treatment!

Type 1: Traditional Surgery

When it comes to treating common orthopedic conditions such as bunions, traditional methods of surgery are considered by many medical professionals to be one of the most painful medical procedures that one can undergo. In addition to the pain that is experienced by many patients during a procedure, most traditional surgeries require an extensive and restrictive postoperative recovery period. Most patients’ daily activities are hindered, such as walking, standing, driving, and even sleeping. Additionally, many patients are required to wear a cast, boot, or brace for roughly 6-8 weeks following surgery. While traditional surgery can be an effective way to treat common orthopedic issues, many doctors are urging patients to look into more modern types of foot surgery, such as minimally invasive procedures. 

Type 2: Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)

Minimally invasive foot surgery is a great option for patients looking to permanently ease the painful symptoms associated with bunions, hammertoes, heel spurs, and more. During minimally invasive surgery, local anesthesia is administered by a healthcare provider, and a small incision is made in the foot, in which a specially designed surgical instrument is inserted. Following surgery, a small bandage is applied, which is used to protect the microsurgery area. The entire procedure takes less than 90 minutes, including pre-operative preparation and post-operative care within a clinic. Most patients can drive themselves home from surgery and return to work the next day, and the following recovery period requires little more than a postoperative shoe that must be worn for 2-4 weeks following surgery. For patients who want to put an end to pain once and for all without a lengthy or complicated procedure or recovery period, minimally invasive surgery is the best option. 

While these types of foot surgery are both effective ways to ease the pain associated with many common orthopedic issues, minimally invasive surgery is the clear option for patients who want to avoid a painful procedure with a lengthy and restrictive recovery period. Northwest Surgery Center is proud to be a pioneer in minimally invasive surgical procedures, with over a decade of experience in offering fast, safe, and effective non-invasive treatments for bunions, heel spurs, and more. To learn more about the types of foot surgery we offer in our clinics or to schedule your first appointment, contact us today!