At Pancholi Foot & Ankle, patients who require treatment for severe foot and ankle issues can get help through minimally invasive surgery. Patients in Lehigh Valley and Allentown, PA can visit the office in Palmerton to find help correcting issues of the foot or ankle.
While many foot and ankle conditions can be treated with conservative approaches, others may require surgery to fix an underlying problem. The most common issues which most often require surgery include:
Minimally invasive surgery refers to a procedure where the surgeon can accomplish the operation with a very small incision or no incision at all. This type of procedure involves less recovery time, less bleeding, reduction in the amounts of anesthesia used, and minimal scarring. The surgeon often performs these procedures because they cause little to no trauma to the affected area and minimal pain for the patient. Minimally invasive surgery can include utilizing tools such as endoscopes as in arthroscopic surgery, which may be used as a diagnostic or treatment procedure, or both. A small instrument, called an arthroscope, penetrates the skin through small incisions. Tiny cameras can then be inserted through the arthroscope, which allows the surgeon to accurately see the area and/or damage. Other small instruments can also be inserted through the arthroscope to make surgical corrections. In general, it is safer than open surgery and allows faster recovery with a shorter hospital stay, if any.
Minimally invasive surgery continues to be innovative in its surgical approach making it useful for an ever-expanding list of procedures. Tenex Health TX is one of these procedures; an ultrasonic treatment option that removes the source of the pain, the damaged tissue, and helps stimulate a healing response.
The approach to surgery usually depends upon the affliction you are feeling in the foot. In general, the foot will be numbed using an ankle block. Depending on your preference you may choose to remain awake or be sedated for the duration of the surgery. Several small incisions are placed around the foot for the special instruments which will be used during the surgery. Aftercare will be an important component to any surgery. Minimally invasive surgery usually does not require extended recovery times. The postoperative care should include resting, icing, applying compression, and elevating the foot or ankle to some degree to keep swelling minimal. A cast, splint, or other surgical shoe or bandage may be necessary after surgery. It is best to contact the office to schedule a consultation appointment which can address any further questions or concerns.
The world of health insurance can be confusing. While we accept most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid PA, we will work to verify your benefits so that you have a clear picture of what your treatment will end up costing you. We understand the ins and outs of health insurance and want to make sure that there are no surprises! If your insurance provider is one of the following, please call our office to schedule your appointment: Amerihealth, Gateway, Geisinger, and Medicaid This is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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