At Omega Medical Group (OMG), we will never pressure you into surgery. In fact, our first choice is almost always to use conservative treatments to solve your foot pain, if possible. We understand it’s a big decision, and we want you to feel comfortable and confident.
However, sometimes surgical intervention is exactly what you need fix your injury, get your feet working again, and get back to doing what you love. If so, we’ll tell you. Our No. 1 focus will always be prescribing and recommending the treatment that’s best for you.
While it can seem scary, a few weeks of recovery is a small price to pay for getting your life back. To ease your concerns, we’ll always take the time necessary to fully explain your condition and your treatment options, and we proudly offer state-of-the-art intervention and techniques that allow us to minimize both the length of recovery as well as the amount of scarring.
Conditions That May Require Surgery
Although not an exhaustive list, some conditions that may require surgery include:
- Sports injuries and trauma. At our office, we see a lot of chronic ankle sprains, broken ankles, Achilles tendon ruptures, and other sports or trauma-related conditions with broken bones and/or torn tendons and ligaments. Although it may sometimes be possible to treat these injuries without surgery if the bones have not moved out of place, it often requires a lot of time spent stuck in a cast. By contrast, surgical correction may offer better and faster healing, and allow higher levels of activity sooner
- Flat feet. Over time, injuries and age can cause the arches in your feet to collapse, bringing pain and instability along with it—not just in the feet, but throughout the entire body. Minor cases of posterior tibial dysfunction, one of the leading causes of flat feet, may be treated with custom orthotics or PRP injections, but severe flat feet causing a lot of pain require surgical reconstruction.
- Charcot foot. A severe complication often seen in diabetic patients. Charcot foot occurs when bones in the feet start to weaken, dislocate and crumble due to significant nerve damage and reduction in circulation. Reconstructive surgery is critical in order to salvage the limb, prevent an amputation, and restore functional shape.
- Progressive deformities. Conditions that alter the shape of your feet, such as bunions and hammertoes, cannot be “fixed” without surgery. If symptoms are mild, conservative treatments may be enough to get rid of the pain and restore your mobility, but more severe cases might require surgical reconstruction in order to get you back at your best.
The Advantage of Minimally Invasive Techniques
Whenever possible, Dr. Marizeli Olacio and the team at OMG use cutting-edge surgical procedures, including minimally invasive techniques, to fix your feet, including stem cell injection therapy when indicated. This provides two significant advantages over more traditional forms of surgery:
- Quicker recovery times. Smaller incisions and procedures mean you can heal faster, get back to work or play sooner, and maintain a higher level of activity throughout the recovery process. This helps immensely with both healing and rehab, allowing you to keep your muscles and joints stronger and more flexible. We’ve even seen patients back to weight-bearing activity in just 2 weeks after a flatfoot correction, as opposed to the 5 weeks of a more traditional surgery.
- Less scarring. We know that looks are important, especially in Miami where it’s sandal season all year long, so we always consider the aesthetic result a priority. Dr. Olacio is trained in surgical techniques that minimize the size of the incision and produce the best possible cosmetic results.
Don’t Be Afraid of Surgery
At OMG, helping you achieve your personal goals is our top concern. We’ll always take the time to talk with you about where you are now, where you want to be, and what it will take to get there. Often we can help you reach your destination through conservative means, but sometimes surgery is your best—or only—option.
If so, you can be sure we’ll do everything in our power to make the healing and recovery process as quick, comfortable, and effective as possible so you can go back to doing what you love. That includes making sure you have all the information you need about your recovery and home care, and taking time to answer all your questions completely, so you can leave our office with confidence about your future.
To find out what treatment options will be best for you, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Olacio by calling today at (305) 514-0404.