Sometimes foot and ankle conditions require surgery, and if you’re in a position where you need an operation, you want to be sure that you have the most knowledgeable and experienced surgeon carrying out your procedure. The expert foot and ankle surgeons at Kalmar Family Podiatry in Huntington, New York, are highly qualified and have years of experience, so you can feel safe under their care. Foot and ankle surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure at Huntington Hospital. For more information on surgical interventions for foot and ankle problems, call the office today, or book an appointment online.
Whenever you have a foot or ankle injury or a medical problem with your feet and ankles, your podiatrist approaches treatment in a specific order. They start with the least complicated or invasive treatment unless there’s an obvious reason not to, for example, if you have a ruptured Achilles tendon, then surgery may be the best option.
Frontline treatments are often very effective, relieving pain and allowing tissues to heal without having to treat the problem too aggressively. Your podiatrist wants to provide the most effective conservative treatment first, balanced against the potential risks of having surgery.
At Kalmar Family Podiatry, your podiatrist always talks through the treatment options with you so you can make an informed decision about what’s best for your health. In some cases, surgery becomes the best option, but unless there’s no alternative, surgery is usually the last resort.
There are many types of surgery you may need on your foot or ankle. Fractures and tendon or ligament tears are the most common reasons why you might need foot and ankle surgery. Types of foot and ankle surgery include:
If your podiatrist considers surgery to be the best option for your case, they go over the procedure in detail, so you know what to expect. At Kalmar Family Podiatry, many procedures take place at the office, so you’re somewhere you feel comfortable and relaxed.
The procedure you undergo depends on the problem that’s led to the need for surgery, as well as any other medical issues you have. Each patient will need pre-surgical testing performed at Huntington Hospital as well as Medical clearance. You may be asked to give blood and urine for testing, and your podiatrist will likely need X-rays or other diagnostic images before your procedure. Most podiatric surgeons do not need general anesthetic that would involve intubation. Instead, most procedures are done with a combination of monitored anesthesia care, which is a light sedation and a local anesthetic at the surgery site. This type of anesthesia will reduce the underlying risk of general anesthesia.
Some foot and ankle surgeries are carried out using endoscopic techniques, a minimally invasive form of surgery where your surgeon makes small incisions through which they can pass a lighted camera and small instrumentation. Although minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is becoming more popular recently, it is not new as it was very popular in the 80’s. These techniques fell out of popularity secondary to poor long term outcomes. Technique and instrumentation have improved since that time, but only a few podiatric surgeries are appropriate with these techniques at this time. We at Kalmar Family Podiatry will help you navigate through the noise of MIS.
To find out more about the surgical options for your feet and ankles, call Kalmar Family Podiatry today, or book an appointment online.