Percutaneous foot surgery

Percutaneous surgery means using absolute minimally invasive techniques avoiding the need to open and expose a surgical site with a formal incision, and instead using just small skin ‘stabs’ approximately 5mm in size. These techniques involve using a very thin burr to shave or make cuts (osteotomies) to bones through the tiny little incisions, under X-ray guidance. The advantages of these techniques are: tiny wounds meaning less scarring and also much lower wound infection rates; high union rates of the bone cuts due to less soft tissue disruption; less post-operative stiffness of affected joints.