Hallux Valgus - a New Minimally Invasive Surgical Technique
Dr. Hermann Leidolf
The new minimally invasive foot surgery brings the best results when it comes to correcting hallux valgus. This technique was developed in the USA in the early 1990s.
The philosophy of the new foot surgery technique is based on performing minimally invasive interventions in the area of the entire foot, in particular the forefoot, which is as gentle as possible on the soft tissue and bones, i.e. only using small stitches through the skin. Osteotomies (severing of bones in the event of misalignments) are performed over these small skin incisions and under continuous radiological control.
No metal screws or implants
These osteotomies are not fixed with metal screws or implants, as is the case with conventional technology, but are held in position by special bandages and special shoes. This enables the patient to put full weight on the foot after 1-2 days without crutches, faster wound healing, and significantly less pain than with open surgical techniques.
One-time procedure without general anesthesia
This new minimally invasive technique can be performed under local anesthesia. The operation time is much shorter.
The use of self-dissolving screws means that no further metal removal surgery is necessary. The advantage of the new techniques is that they can return to work more quickly, and back to sports usually after five to six weeks.
No more open hallux shoes
After open surgery the open hallux shoe has to be worn six weeks after the operation. With the new surgical technique, one week after the operation, the comfortable and cosmetically more beautiful ballerina shall be worn for only three to four weeks.
In addition to hallux valgus, this technique can also be used to treat other deformities in the area of the metatarsus and rear foot (claws or hammer toes, heel spurs, metatarsal pain, Haglund exostoses, etc.).
Intervention by a certified surgeon
Since this surgical technique is very demanding, it should be reserved for trained and certified doctors for minimally invasive foot surgery.
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