The Private Clinic has pioneered the widest range of minimally-invasive, surgical, medical-cosmetic and aesthetic treatments and now lists minimally invasive keyhole bunion surgery as its latest venture.
Bunion surgery traditionally resulted in patients being required to take a substantial amount of downtime and it is not known to be the most comfortable of procedures either The Private Clinic of Harley Street are offering a new bunion removal technique that is not available in the United Kingdom removing obtrusive bunions without the downtime.
Available exclusively at The Private Clinic, the minimally invasive bunion procedure has been inspired by keyhole surgery techniques. The technique has been developed by Orthopaedic Consultant Surgeon, Dr Bianchi who will be performing the procedure at their Fitzroy hospital. This is bunion surgery with a difference as patients are able to walk straight after surgery, have minimal downtime and more importantly no fixative devices such as screws or wires which are usually what causes patients discomfort post-surgery.
With other 15 years of experience, Dr Bianchi performs 1,200 minimally invasive bunion procedures each year. Specialised in orthopaedics and traumatology at the University of the Studies of Perugia. Having devoted the past 10 years of his career to the treatment of feet, Dr Bianchi has now perfected his approach to such standards that he now delivers this treatment in hospitals all over Italy, and now at The Private Clinic in the UK.
The old fashioned bunion surgery method that uses metal fixative devices can not only be very invasive but can also result in issues with the foot not being able to find its natural posture which then causes a great deal of discomfort post-surgery and requires the patient to be off their feet for a prolonged period of time.
What is different about this technique is that no screws or any other type of fixative device is used. Instead a self-stabilization geometric fractures is used which have been proven to provide long term results without the need for immobilisation. Patients are able to recover quickly and get back to their lives easier and also achieve greater joint mobility when in comparison to other bunion techniques.
Minimally Invasive Keyhole Bunion surgery uses small, surgical, dental burs to correct the deformity and modify the bones of the forefoot. These are inserted through small 2-3-millimetre incisions in the skin. Dr Bianchi guides the bur using a special radiological device to help him see the bones and the burs. A series of geometric fractures which are small, precise fractures are created but no fixative devices are used. As the technique does not force the bone to repair, the bones and joints heal in a natural position, which results in greater functionality and comfort in the joint.
The Private Clinic is able to deliver a customised approach to each patient considering minimally invasive bunion surgery. The bone is fractured, re-aligned and bandaged in such a way that creates the perfect result for the patient’s anatomy and better comfort and joint articulation. The absence of screws means that the joint is not fixed in one place, it can move freely. Performed under local anaesthetic, patients can expect to be walking out of the hospital without the need for any crutches on the same day as their procedure thanks to the special bandaging technique and supportive shoe that is provided.
“Our minimally invasive technique quashes the concept that every fracture needs to be immobilised in order to heal. After being realigned, the fractures made during surgery are left free, so the foot heals according to the individual’s load-bearing needs and not according to a ‘pre-established’ standard.” – Dr Andrea Bianchi, Orthopaedic Consultant Surgeon at The Private Clinic.