Many surgical procedures that are performed in a hospital require large incisions and many times general anesthesia. A major factor in recovery time and discomfort is the amount of tissue that has been involved by the incision and the risk of surgery is multiplied by general anesthesia.
Ambulatory foot surgery, in most instances, is performed in an office or an outpatient surgical center under local anesthesia.
A small incision is made in the patients’ skin and a specially designed instrument is inserted into this opening. The entire procedure is performed through this tiny opening.
At the conclusion of the surgery, a few stitches may be used to close the opening and a small bandage protects the area. The patient generally leaves the office walking, and in many instances in his own shoes!
The condition has been corrected, the patient remains ambulatory and discomfort and prolonged disability have been avoided