Minimally Invasive and Key Hole Surgery
Keyhole and Minimally Invasive Surgery are techniques where the internal structures of a joint, tendon or other body part are examined for diagnosis and treatment, using very small (3-5 mm) incisions. This is in contrast to an ‘Open’ procedure, involving a much larger incision. During the examination, one or more small incisions are made in the skin through which pencil-sized instruments and a fibre optic camera (arthroscope) are passed. The arthroscope is attached to a high definition monitor which displays the interior of the body as a magnified image.
Mr Gordon is a strong believer that Keyhole and Minimally Invasive Surgery produces excellent results with a faster return to activity than traditional ‘open’ methods and where possible, utilises these techniques. He has undertaken specific training at internationally renowned centres and teaches and lectures on this technique.
Keyhole and Minimally Invasive Surgery is helpful in the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions including:
- Minimally Invasive (Keyhole) Foot Surgery for bunions
- Toe deformities
- Morton’s neuroma release in the foot
- Plantar fascia release for plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
- Injuries to the ankle eg cartilage injuries (arthroscopic microfracture), excessive scar tissue impingement
- Injuries to the foot eg cartilage injuries to the big toe joint (microfracture)
- Removing abnormal ankle bone growth due to repeated injury eg. ‘Footballers ankle’ using ankle arthroscopy
- Removal of loose bodies of bone or cartilage that cause pain or locking within the joint
- Fusion of worn out joints eg. ankle joint, subtalar joint (joint under the ankle)
- Osteoarthritis: A type of arthritis caused by cartilage loss in a joint
- Inflammation: Synovitis removal (inflammation of the lining of the joint)
- Tendon tears eg in the early stages of Adult Acquired Flat Foot (tibialis posterior tendon)