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Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) of the foot and ankle is gaining more attention. These procedures are performed through small incisions like keyholes, instead of one large incision. The potential advantage of MIS is that the incisions are small and therefore patients may have quicker recovery times and less discomfort than with conventional surgery.

During a minimally invasive procedure, the surgeon makes small incisions in the skin. Specialized instruments can then be passed through these incisions to allow the surgeon to perform the operation. Sometimes a small camera (called an endoscope or arthroscope) is passed through one of the incisions to give the surgeon a view of what is inside. Sometimes an x-ray is used to show the surgeon where the instruments are. If the surgeon is unable to perform the surgery adequately or cannot gain a good enough view the procedure may be converted to use a larger incision.

An operation should only be performed as a minimally invasive surgery if the surgeon is confident that the outcome would be as good or better than with a large incision. Your surgeon will be able to discuss this with you.

Not all procedures can (or should) be done through minimally invasive methods. Procedures that are sometimes performed as

Minimal invasive surgery:

  • Bunion surgery
  • Bunionette (Tailor Bunion) correction
  • Achilles Tendon Repair
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ankle Arthritis
  • Foot Arthritis
  • Cheilectomy (for early hallux rigidus)
  • Calcaneal osteotomy
  • Gastrocnemius Release
  • Haglund Resections
  • Tendon Debridements

Dr. Jones Hormozi has performed many successful Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) and teaches other surgeons MIS techniques. Most of the time, patients are allowed to walk immediately after surgery. Since it is minimally invasive, the procedure itself is painless if performed by an experienced surgeon. Most patients will experience some pain for about 1-3 days after surgery. Usually within 2 weeks, most patients are able to return to tennis shoes, and the sutures are removed. By 4 weeks patients can return to physical activity and sports.

At Valley Foot and Ankle Center we have great expertise in minimally invasive bunion surgery Tarzana, with excellent surgical success and fast recovery rates.


Dr. Hormozi performs the latest and most advanced foot and ankle surgical procedures in Los Angeles which allows patients to be able to walk immediately after surgery, return to regular activities, and wear regular shoes faster.

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