The term minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is used to describe a number of surgeries.  However, unlike traditional "open" surgeries, a large incision is typically made in order to operate. With MIS, the surgeon is able to make small holes into which they insert specially designed instruments to perform the operation.


MIS techniques offers our patients many benefits over traditional "open" surgeries, including -- 


  • LESS PAIN -- MIS procedures cause less post-operative pain and discomfort. Studies have shown that patients undergoing MIS procedures report less pain and require smaller doses of pain relievers than patients undergoing traditional surgeries.


  • LESS SCARRING -- MIS procedures require smaller incisions -- which means smaller, less noticeable scars. The scars that do form as a result of MIS typically have a less jagged edge -- giving them a more cosmetically appealing look.


  • LESS INJURY TO TISSUE -- Most traditional surgeries require a long incision. This incision usually has to be made through muscle. Muscle needs a significant time to heal after surgery. Because there are no long incisions in MIS, surgeons often do not have to cut through muscles to complete the procedure -- leading to less tissue damage and quicker recovery.


  • HIGHER ACCURACY RATE -- A higher accuracy rate for most procedures. Because MIS procedures use video-assisted equipment, the surgeon has better visualization and magnification of internal organs and structure. For patients, this translates into a more accurate and definitive procedure.


  • SAME DAY SURGERY -- MIS procedures are typically a Same Day Surgery and can be performed outpatient in a hospital setting, ambulatory surgery center or in the office.  Most procedures can be performed without the need for general anesthesia and many times local anesthesia only.  Same day surgery can translate to a quicker return to normal activities. 




Most foot deformities can be performed using MIS procedures. Some types of surgeries may not be suitable for MIS procedures. A comprehensive pre-operative evaluation will be completed prior to scheduling any procedure, and Dr. Torres-Hodges will discuss the specific details regarding your condition, the treatment options available and review the post-operative course.