In-office Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery
Foot surgery that is virtually painless, leaves no large scars, and faster recovery!
Podiatrist Dr. Andrew Alward
New Tread Podiatry in Chattanooga, TN
to choose minimally invasive foot surgery over other foot procedures.
Keep walking right after surgery. No boots, crutches, scooters required.
Most people are back to work within days.
Little to no pain - no narcotics required.
Other Problems We Treat with Minimally Invasive Surgery:
Hallux Limitus / Rigidus
Podiatrist Dr. Andrew Alward talks about why you should choose minimally invasive foot surgery!
Our Minimally Invasive Technique
No permanent pins, screws, or plates are left in your foot!
Our procedure respects your foot leaving no large scars, unlike the "traditional" methods ... and because its minimally invasive, narcotics for pain are almost never needed.
No Scooters, or "Moon Boots"
Patients walk out of our office on their own two feet.
See before & after bunion surgery below
We perform these surgeries in our private office! Afterwards you will be provided a direct phone line to call, or text the surgeon, and priority appointments. You will also follow-up with us weekly to receive laser therapy for any pain or swelling. A truly concierge service.
Don't miss your opportunity to see if you're a candidate for this procedure. Book your free consultation today.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to recover from minimally invasive foot surgery?
Because there is less trauma to the foot with minimally invasive surgery the recovery is much faster! During your entire recovery you will be able to walk and continue to work with limitations (due to wearing of a surgical shoe). If able most people are back to work in a matter of days. Under normal circumstances you will be back in a regular gym shoe in under 4 weeks! However, activity will still be limited up to 8 weeks after surgery. After this exercise may resume as tolerated.
Does minimally invasive bunion surgery work?
Absolutely! Minimally invasive bunion surgery is almost as old as the profession of podiatry and has been perfected for decades! There are multiple studies performed over the years proving it is as effective as traditional open bunion surgeries. A randomized clinical trial comparing the two surgeries found that they are identical in clinical performance, but "patient satisfaction was significantly superior in the MIS group 12 weeks post-operative":
What is the pain like with minimally invasive foot surgery?
Much less than traditional open foot surgery if proper post-operative protocol is followed which means proper RICE therapy (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)! In fact, narcotics are not needed in the vast majority of patients. We also provide laser therapy to manage any excess pain during follow-up appointments.
What is it like having surgery at your office?
Have you ever had a dental procedure? Its very similar. Your entire experience will be under 2 hours. You may have a light meal prior to your surgery (unlike other surgeries where you must be fasting). You will arrive and immediately go back into our procedure room, and relax in our procedure chair. Vitals will be taken (no IV, or needle inserted as you will be awake for the procedure). The foot will be numbed with a local anesthetic. You will relax during the procedure which may take up to 30-45 minutes. After the procedure is complete you will relax in an exam room for a short time to be monitored. Once deemed stable we will provide a post-surgical kit, and you will be able to walk out with a surgical shoe and drive yourself home if able. Though we recommend someone to be with you. You will then follow-up with us weekly!
Do you take (xyz) insurance?
No, because insurances do not pay for this patient-centered service. However, this may be covered by any "out-of-network" coverage you may have. Click here to learn more why we don't take insurances.
If you don't take insurance then how much does surgery cost?
Every patient is unique and requires a full work-up prior to a quote being provided. We try to provide the best value to you, and that means we provide free consultations which includes up to 1 hour visit, free x-rays of your foot, and the full plan for your foot surgery. No questions will go unanswered. We also offer financial assistance with CareCredit Credit Card. Click here to learn more.
Dr. Andrew Alward DPM
A native of Illinois, after completing his medical training in Chicago, IL Dr. Alward relocated to Chattanooga, TN with his wife for the love of the outdoors, great hospitality, and community of Chattanooga! He is honored to serve the area!
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Rosalind Franklin University North Chicago, IL
Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency Sts Mary & Elizabeth Medical Center Chicago, IL
Board Certified American Board of Podiatric Medicine
Fellow of the American College of Podiatric Medicine
Special Interest & Post-Graduate Education in Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery