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Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist

Tri-State Specialists

Orthopedic Surgery & General Surgery located in Sioux City, IA & Le Mars, IA

Medical advancements are changing the way patients receive care, and minimally invasive surgery is a prime example. With fewer incisions, the orthopaedic surgeons at Tri-State Specialists minimize post-surgery pain and speed healing for their patients. To learn more about the minimally invasive surgeries they offer, call the office in Sioux City, Iowa, or schedule your appointment online.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q&A

What is minimally invasive surgery?

During minimally invasive surgery, your surgeon performs the procedure you need with minimal impacts on the rest of your body. 

Specifically, this usually means fewer, smaller incisions. While traditional surgery exposes the majority of the surgery site, the surgeons at Tri-State Specialists use minimally invasive techniques to access the site through one or very few small incisions. 

Minimizing the size and number of your incisions delivers both immediate and long-term benefits. First, it shrinks your risk of infections. Additionally, small incisions are less painful and are easier for your body to heal. 

In fact, minimally invasive surgery can help you prevent extensive scarring. In some cases, an expert surgeon using minimally invasive techniques can leave virtually no scarring at all. 


Can minimally invasive techniques be used for orthopaedic procedures?

Absolutely. In fact, the surgeons at Tri-State Specialists are highly trained and extensively experienced in minimally invasive surgery. 

They’ve chosen to learn this surgical technique so they can help their patients get the best health outcomes possible with minimal post-op pain and healing times. 


What types of minimally invasive surgeries are available?

If you need orthopaedic surgery, talk to the Tri-State Specialists team about your minimally invasive options. In many cases, they can employ minimally invasive techniques during your surgery.

For example, arthroscopy allows your Tri-State Specialists surgeon to see inside your joint so they can accurately diagnose and most effectively treat whatever’s causing your joint pain. 

As a diagnostic procedure, arthroscopy is performed through a single small incision. Additional small incisions may be needed to complete your procedure, as is the case in arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. 

Some conditions Tri-State Specialists treats with minimally invasive surgical techniques include:


Traditional bunion surgeries require an incision anywhere between two to six inches long. With minimally invasive surgery, however, the incisions can be as small as one-eighth of an inch. 

Your Tri-State Specialists surgeon can access your bunion through small incisions like this, using specialized tools to reach in and treat the bunion while minimizing the impact on the surrounding tissue. 

Because such a small area of your foot is exposed during the procedure, your healing time is significantly decreased. 


Similarly, a few small incisions can correct some cases of hammertoe. In fact, minimally invasive reconstructive surgeries may be best to treat hammertoe. 

Performed traditionally, the open surgical site would affect too much tissue, leaving you with a lengthy, uncomfortable healing process. 

Achilles tendon repair

Achilles tendon repair surgery doesn’t have to come with potentially painful scarring. By performing your repair using minimally invasive techniques, Tri-State Specialists minimizes your risk for scarring, adhesions, and infections. 

To learn more about minimally invasive surgery, call Tri-State Specialists or book your appointment online.

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