Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery, or MIFS, is a type of keyhole surgery that’s used to treat a range of foot and ankle conditions, resulting in minimal pain and faster healing. Using innovative technologies and procedures, the Specialist Foot & Ankle Group provides this surgery at our clinics through Dr. Slater.
MIFS involves making tiny incisions to the foot or ankle, focusing only on the problem area and thus preventing damage to surrounding soft tissue. If you opt for MIFS at the Specialist Foot & Ankle Group, we guarantee a high level of care form our reliable team and will keep you fully informed throughout your treatment.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery (MIFS)
Until now, orthopaedic surgery has always required large incisions through the skin (4-8cm) and various layers of soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments) to gain access to bones for fixation. Although very effective, this method resulted in long recovery times as the layers of soft tissue healed along with the site of the injury/defect.
With MIFS, the keyhole surgery method allows the surgeon to treat only the affected area, resulting in a less invasive and more straightforward procedure. The result is reduced healing time with less pain and less scarring.
The small keyhole portal is approximately the size of a pen tip. Following the procedure, the portals are closed using a single stitch or steri-strip.
Surgeries performed using Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery include:
Hammer toe correction
Tibialis posterior (muscle) repair
Bunionette osteotomy (fifth toe)
Calcaneal osteotomy repair (heel bone)
MTP joint fusion
7 days post op (bunionette)
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During an MIFS procedure Dr. Slater makes several 3mm incisions to gain access to the underlying bone. He’ll then make the necessary divisions and corrections under X-ray guidance. Small screws are placed in the bone once the correct position is achieved and these will remain in the body afterward.
Dr. Slater may also use a K-Wire to maintain correct positioning, which will need to be removed 5-6 weeks post-surgery. Please refer to the following page for MIFS coding system, which Dr. Slater will complete with you and discuss the extent of your correction.
If you have been in an injury involving the foot or ankle due to a wrong move in sports, a car collision, or a diabetes-related problem, you will benefit a lot from MIFS, especially if a trusted orthopaedic surgeon such as Dr. Slater performs it.