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What is Minimally Invasive Foot & Ankle Surgery (MIFAS)?

Minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery uses smaller incisions, usually 2-3 millimeters long, to allow for a 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. 

Incision is nearly invisible with minimally invasive surgery

What types of deformities can be addressed with MIFAS?

Bunions and hammertoes are the most common minimally invasive foot procedures and is 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 as well. Many of these procedures are performed in her Office Based Surgical Suite offering convenience and comfort for patients.

before and after minimally invasive bunion surgery
Before & after bunion surgery with minimially invasive surgery

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 compared to 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 both Santa Cruz and Monterey County offering MIFAS in her Office Based Surgical Suite.

What are the benefits to MIFAS?

Smaller incisions means less trauma, less swelling and less pain compared to traditional methods. Most patients only take ibuprofen or Tylenol for pain and are able to 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. 

Why choose Dr. Tea Nguyen 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. Nguyen will give you the best results.