Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgery

Foot and ankle surgery

Dr. Tea Nguyen at Pacific Point Podiatry in Freedom, CA, performs minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery (MIFAS). MIFAS is a highly technical procedure that requires advanced foot and ankle training, intuition, and specialized equipment. 

Minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery uses smaller incisions, usually 2-3 millimeters long, to allow for faster recovery while effectively correcting deformities. This is a highly skilled technique that requires advanced foot and ankle training, specialized equipment and has been validated by many foot and ankle experts over the past 30 years.

Nearly invisible surgery

The incision is nearly invisible with minimally invasive surgery.

Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgery (MIFAS) FAQs

Why aren't there more foot and ankle specialists offering MIFAS?

MIFAS is a highly technical procedure that requires advanced training and intuition. The incisions are much smaller than traditional techniques, and therefore the anatomical structures are not completely exposed. MIFAS is gaining traction with patients’ demand for minimally invasive procedures for a faster recovery with fewer complications. Currently, Dr. Tea Nguyen is the only foot and ankle specialist in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties offering MIFAS in her office-based surgical suite.

What types of deformities can be addressed with MIFAS?

Bunions and hammertoes are the most common minimally invasive foot procedures and are offered at Pacific Point Podiatry. Bone spurs, heel pain, tarsal tunnel syndrome, flat feet in children, and ankle fractures are other conditions that can be addressed with MIFAS. Many of these procedures are performed in Dr. Tea’s office-based surgical suite offering convenience and comfort for patients.

Before and after photo

Before & after photos for bunion surgery with minimally invasive surgery.

What are the benefits of MIFAS?

Minimally invasive surgery offers patients several benefits, including:

  • Minimal postoperative pain and swelling
  • Small incisions with almost no scarring
  • Immediate weight-bearing in specialized shoes for 4 weeks
  • Same-day surgery, no overnight hospital stays
  • Significantly lower infection rates
  • Faster return to everyday life

Smaller incisions mean less trauma, less swelling, and less pain compared to traditional methods. Most patients only take ibuprofen or Tylenol for pain and can walk in a surgical shoe or boot immediately after surgery. Additionally, pins and screws are not needed to maintain the correction with MIFAS, so there is no issue with implant rejection. 

What can you expect with minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery?

Many minimally invasive surgeries are performed using fluoroscopy to visualize the internal bones and tissues. Fluoroscopy is a medical imaging device that uses an x-ray beam passed through the body to create a continuous live image. Dr. Tea can view the live images on a monitor to perform the procedure while viewing the movement of internal organs in real-time.

Through a small 2-3mm incision, Dr. Tea inserts tiny scalpel blades, burrs, and other specialized instruments and performs the surgery using fluoroscopy equipment. Tiny surgical instruments allow her to operate effectively with minimal trauma to the surrounding tissues and structures. 

Why choose Dr. Tea for MIFAS?

Dr. Tea Nguyen has trained with experts in the field and has proven her commitment to patient care through advanced fellowship training, board certification, and continued education. That makes her a cut above the rest. She is focused on giving patients safe options that are convenient and comfortable so patients can have the best experience possible. 

With her meticulous attention to detail, attentiveness to modern technology, and concern for your overall well-being, you can trust that Dr. Tea will give you the best results.

At Pacific Point Podiatry, we offer modern solutions to get you back on your feet. Dr. Tea’s minimally invasive surgery is unlike anywhere else. Here are the benefits when you choose Dr. Tea:

  • No hospital is needed. All surgeries are performed in her office-based surgical suite under local anesthesia.
  • No hardware is needed. No pins, screws, or metal plates are needed to get you a functional result. This also significantly decreases the risks of infection, hardware rejection, or wound dehiscence. 
  • Smaller incisions are used, allowing for a faster recovery. Sutures are not needed through a 3 mm incision.
  • You are walking immediately after surgery.
  • Long-term amputation prevention care is available with our concierge membership model. We are the first in the nation to offer this model.

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If you are interested in minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery, book a consultation with Dr. Tea at Pacific Point Podiatry. You can request an appointment online or call us at (831) 288-3400.

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