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Surgeons Rethink Approach to Minimal Incision Foot and Ankle Surgery
Date:2/20/2008

sert metal plates and screws to secure the bones in the correct position without compromising the surrounding delicate soft tissues. Healthy blood flow is important for bone healing. A few, small incisions would disrupt fewer veins and arteries. But Ford points out that every patient's injury or condition is different, so in some cases a larger incision can make repairing a complicated injury easier.

Small incisions can be especially beneficial for repair of Achilles tendons, which suffer from sub prime blood circulation and can develop wound complications. Jones fractures, an injury to the bone on the outside of the foot that attaches to the little toe, also benefit from small incision procedures because part of this bone receives less blood. Arthroscopic surgery for joint pain has been performed through small incisions for many years now, and is considered standard of care for certain problems.

For more information on foot and ankle conditions, and to locate a local foot and ankle surgeon, visit the ACFAS consumer Web site, FootPhysicians.com.

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) is a professional society of more than 6,000 foot and ankle surgeons. Founded in 1942, the College's mission is to promote research and provide continuing education for the foot and ankle surgical specialty, and to educate the general public on foot health and conditions of the foot and ankle through its consumer website, http://www.footphysicians.com.


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