Minimally Invasive Surgery and the MICA Bunionectomy

Minimally invasive surgery is now the new ‘buzz’ word as an option to traditional foot and ankle surgery. The surgeons of Foot and Ankle Specialists of Corpus Christi are now the first surgeons in South Texas to perfect these procedures.

The most common MIS or Minimially Invasive Surgery is the MICA (Minimially Invasive Chevron-Akin) bunion surgery. The MICA bunionectomy has several advantages over a traditional bunionectomy. Our surgeons are highly skilled, Certified and trained in many MIS procedures.

Surgeons Al Kline, DPM , Corey Goolsby, DPM and Brad Lawrence, DPM are the FIRST and ONLY surgeons in the Corpus Christi and South Texas region CERTIFIED to perform such minimally invasive procedures that include both bunionectomies, hammertoes corrections, fusions, heel osteotomies and Haglund’s deformities. We are also prioneering minimally invasive procedures that eases the pain of arthritis in both the ankle and foot joints. Say goodbye to painful scars, long incisions and long surgical recoveries!

Foot and Ankle Specialists of Corpus Christi have pioneered the most modern advances in minimally invasive surgery techniques, including bunionectomies. All surgeons in our group are Certified and Trained in this minimally invasive technique.

The advances in modern technology include a patented micro cutting burr have allowed for tiny incisions, a rapid recovery to early walking, less to no reported postoperative pain, shorter operative time and an overall quicker recovery allowing patients to return to activities and shoes, sometimes as quickly as 2-3 weeks.

The main advantage of minimally invasive bunion and toe surgeries is the ability to correct a bony deformity with minimal disruption or trauma to the overlying skin and soft tissue. There is no longer a capsular incision, which is one of the reasons so many people have pain after surgery. Large incisions can also lead to scars and capsular contracture causing joint stiffness and pain. The incisional approach is extra-capsular which allows for minimal soft tissue trauma.

The technique is unique to bunion surgery because it allows the surgeon to correct the deformity through very small or tiny incisions (percutaneous incisions) rather than typical large incision(s) with traditional open methods. The incisional approach is through small portal-like incisions rather than large, unsightly incisions. This lessens the risk of joint contracture, joint stiffness and scarring. It also allows for more natural range of motion of the joint since there is no actual capsular incision.

A MICA bunionectomy now combines different methods of bone correction and decompression of bone by bone shaving, bone cutting (realignment osteotomy) and/or bone arthrodesis or fusion. The most common bone correction for bunions regardless of incisional approach is realignment osteotomy (distal metatarsal osteotomy).

Watch this short video on how we correct a bunion deformity through a minimally invasive approach:

Now, the surgeons of Foot and Ankle Specialists of Corpus Christi can now successfully execute this procedure with minimally invasive techniques. Our surgeons have performed many different procedures using the MIS technique and perfecting the MICA bunionectomy, hammertoe corrective surgery, Haglund’s resection and even joint fusions and stabilization procedures. Our surgeons use skill, tactile senses and real-time intraoperative fluoroscopy to visualize the bone cutting, realignment and stabilization of bony segments.

For a full consultation and if you would like to learn more about this technique, call our offices today.

Foot and Ankle Specialists of Corpus Christi now have 2 convenient office locations:

Foot and Ankle Specialists of Corpus Christi
3301 South Alameda, Suite 306

Foot and Ankle Specialists of Portland
505 Houston Street
Portland, Texas 78374