Surgery is a word that unnerves many people—few people like the idea of an operation, after all.
Whenever we have the option, we will always consider conservative forms of treatment over surgery. There is very often a way to significantly improve a patient’s condition without the need for a procedure. However, sometimes surgery cannot be avoided.
When Conservative Treatments Don’t Work
Unless you have a severe injury, an invasive solution shouldn’t be your first option. Dr. Evan Merrill understands that most foot and ankle conditions can be significantly improved or even resolved using non-invasive measures.
Shoe changes, orthotics, medications, physical therapy, and even some external procedures have been used very successfully to treat many foot and ankle conditions. Only if the pain persists after the conservative options have been exhausted do we consider surgery.
Although an invasive procedure is a big commitment and requires a significant amount of healing time, it is sometimes the best way to eliminate your pain and adequately recover from an injury.
Making the Choice
Surgery can make a real difference in relieving your discomfort, but it must be considered carefully. You need to know what to expect before you decide to go ahead.
Medicine is not an exact or formulaic science; success depends on the physician making the most informed and accurate choices for treatment. Dr. Merrill will need an in-depth look at your foot or ankle, so he will most likely request diagnostic images. He uses them to identify what needs to be corrected and how to best approach it.
After that, you will be presented with your options: which procedures are available to you, how they are performed, what the risks may be, and which is most likely to succeed. Together, you choose what will be best for your body and your unique needs.
Surgical procedures exist for a variety of cases. Sometimes, as in the case of bunion surgery, there are multiple techniques to achieve the same results.
Some procedures are more invasive than others, and some require longer recovery times. What is effective for a hammertoe will not be the same for a ruptured Achilles tendon. Standard procedures include, but are not limited to:
- Achilles tendon repair
- Arthritis surgery
- Bunion surgery
- Hammertoe surgery
- Nerve surgery
Guiding Recovery With MLS Laser Therapy
We may recommend Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Laser Therapy as a post-operative treatment in some cases. Using finely-tuned wavelengths of light energy, MLS Laser Therapy can stimulate the body’s natural healing processes for soft tissue injuries, accelerating the rate of recovery and providing relief from pain and inflammation.
We will thoroughly discuss MLS Laser Therapy with you if it is an option worth considering for your needs. Standard treatments are short (usually about 10 minutes), and a series of sessions would be scheduled. The benefits of treatment are typically felt after the first session but stack with cumulative treatments.
Foot and Ankle Surgery in Medford, OR
You don’t have to be afraid of procedures to correct a problem. If conservative treatments have been ineffective or would not be helpful, a surgical solution may offer you a real chance to eliminate your pain and restore your feet to health. Contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle in Medford for an appointment to explore all the options available to you. Call (541) 776-3338 or visit our contact page to reach us.