Minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery decreases complications

Advances in tools, training and technology increase its popularity with patients

November 27, 2023

IN THE NEWS: Although the science and practice of minimally invasive surgery for feet and ankles has been around for decades, advances in tools, training and technology have made it a more popular option for patients.

healio logo with green letters and blue star inside green and blue circleUCI Health orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Andrew R. Hsu tells Healio | Orthopedics Today that the benefit of minimally invasive surgery for his patients is the ability to decrease complications involving wounds and soft tissue.

“Safety always comes first. In the modern era, we should not have to accept that wound complications and painful scars are an inevitable part of foot and ankle surgery.

“If we can make [minimally invasive surgery] cases easier and more reproducible, it allows surgeons across more diverse practice environments to be able to safely do these types of procedures. [It] can then benefit a larger number of patients across the country.”

Hsu is the chief of the foot and ankle division at UCI Health Orthopaedic Surgery Services and an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the UCI School of Medicine. He is a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon who provides comprehensive nonsurgical and surgical approaches for the treatment of foot and ankle problems. Hsu has repeatedly been named a Physician of Excellence by the Orange County Medical Association. He is also an editorial board member of Healio | Orthopedics Today.

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