Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist

Southwest Foot & Ankle

Nicholas Hugentobler, DPM

Foot and Ankle Specialist located in Durango, CO, Cortez, CO & Farmington, NM

You may need surgery if you have a severe or non-healing foot or ankle injury or joint degeneration caused by arthritis. Nicholas Hugentobler, DO, and the podiatrists at Southwest Foot & Ankle in Durango, Colorado, and Farmington, New Mexico, offer advanced, minimally invasive surgery with little to no downtime. Call the office nearest you to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery at Southwest Foot & Ankle includes minor surgical procedures to remove, repair, help heal, or replace tissues in your feet and ankles. Dr. Hugentobler and his team use the latest advances in surgical equipment and procedures to give you the best outcome. 

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

Some of the many benefits associated with minimally invasive surgery at Southwest Foot & Ankle include:

  • Minimal bleeding
  • Reduced pain
  • Minimal recovery time
  • Low risk of complications
  • Tiny incisions
  • Minimal anesthesia
  • Faster treatments 

You can often stay awake during minimally invasive surgery and go home the same day as your procedure.

Why might I need minimally invasive surgery?

You may need minimally invasive foot or ankle surgery if you experience a severe case of the following conditions:

  • Bunions
  • Arthritis
  • Joint degeneration
  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Other injuries
  • Tendinitis
  • Hammertoe
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Wounds

Dr. Hugentobler may recommend surgery if other treatments haven’t worked or if you have a debilitating injury. 

In the case of mild to moderate injuries, your doctor might suggest you first try regenerative medicine, other injections, physical therapy, orthotics, a brace, or RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) therapy.

What should I expect during the procedure?

Before minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Hugentobler and his team numb the treatment area so you can avoid pain. They offer a sedative to help you relax or fall asleep during the procedure.

Dr. Hugentobler makes tiny incisions and uses specialized tools to remove, repair, or replace injured or diseased tissue. He closes any incisions with sutures, bandages the treatment site if needed, and lets you rest in a recovery area.

What happens after minimally invasive surgery?

You can usually go home the same day as minimally invasive surgery at Southwest Foot & Ankle. Follow your post-surgery instructions, which include taking pain medications as directed. 

You may have to change dressings or bandages, ice the affected area, use crutches for a certain period, and wear a foot or ankle brace. Call the Southwest Foot & Ankle office if you experience new or worsening pain.

If you have a foot or ankle injury or pain, call the Southwest Foot & Ankle office or book an appointment online today to find out if minimally invasive surgery is right for you.