Prescott AZ Foot Doc | Minimally Invasive Surgery BenefitsConservative therapies can successfully treat or manage many common podiatric conditions. However, when surgery is necessary, a minimally invasive procedure can help patients get back on their feet faster and with less discomfort than traditional open surgeries. 

Here’s what you should know about minimally invasive foot surgery, the issues it can address, and how Yavapai Foot and Ankle Center’s skilled board-certified podiatric surgeon, Dr. John (Todd) Cox, DPM, can help determine if these advanced surgical techniques are right for you. 

Comprehensive Medical and Surgical Podiatric Care for Prescott-Quad Cities Area Patients 

From our office in Prescott, our dedicated podiatric team provides complete care for North Central Arizona patients ages four and up. While an emphasis on preventive care and noninvasive treatment is a foundational component of our commitment to patients, sometimes surgery is needed to relieve pain, restore function, and regain mobility. 

We offer wide-ranging surgical solutions to address our patients’ needs, including minimally invasive surgeries for conditions such as:

  • Bunions
  • Hammer toes
  • Neuromas
  • Achilles tendon disorders
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Tendonitis
  • Toenail issues 

Dr. Cox only recommends surgery when it’s both necessary and beneficial to ensure the best possible outcome for his patients.

Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery Offers Numerous Benefits 

Certain strategies benefit people seeking relief from painful or progressive foot problems, making these methods the preferred option for a growing number of podiatric patients. Here are a few examples of the many advantages associated with minimally invasive surgical procedures.

Enhanced Surgical Precision and Control

These surgeries utilize advanced imaging technologies and specialized instruments that enhance precision and control. This allows for targeted treatment that can lead to better outcomes for patients.

Smaller Incisions and Minimal Scarring 

While traditional surgeries often require large incisions, minimally invasive techniques involve incisions that are much smaller, which typically results in significantly less scarring. A more aesthetically pleasing outcome helps patients who like to wear sandals and other open-style shoes feel better about their feet after surgery.

Reduced Pain and Discomfort 

Designed to affect fewer nerves and be less traumatic to surrounding healthy tissues, minimally invasive surgery can reduce pain and discomfort patients experience during recovery. Patients often require less pain medication, resulting in a faster and more comfortable healing process.

Lower Infection and Complication Risks

Small, precise incisions prevent the surgical site from being exposed to potential contaminants that could increase the risk of infection or complications. By reducing risks related to infection, healthy tissue damage, and postoperative pain, patients are less likely to experience issues like wound infections, delayed healing, or lengthy hospital stays. 

Shorter Recovery Times 

Compared to traditional open surgery, minimally invasive foot surgery generally offers reduced recovery times. Patients often return to their normal activities and routines sooner, decreasing the overall disruption to their daily lives. 

When to Consider Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery 

Minimally invasive procedures offer considerable advantages. These techniques may be particularly well suited for healthy patients who:

  • Have conditions such as bunions, hammer toes, neuromas, or plantar fasciitis
  • Haven’t found relief from physical therapy, orthotics, or conservative treatment methods
  • Want to reduce the risk of complications related to traditional open foot surgeries
  • Have jobs or schedules that require a faster return to regular activities

After a thorough physical examination and discussion of your symptoms and medical history, Dr. Cox walks you through your surgical options and recommends a suitable procedure.

Schedule an Appointment With Our Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery Specialist

When surgery offers the best chance for a full recovery, Yavapai Foot and Ankle Center delivers the world-class surgical care you need to get back on your feet as quickly and safely as possible. Contact us online or call or text our office at 928-445-9298 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cox.