What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

This approach for several procedures types is a newer approach to surgery where very small incisions, minimal dissection, and decreased exposure is used to perform common surgical techniques. This particular approach leads to decreased swelling, pain, and most importantly a quicker return to activity and quality of life.


Dr. McConn addresses ankle instability/recurrent ankle sprains with arthroscopy and the arthrobostrom once patients have failed conservative managemement.  Instead of the traditional incision across the outside of the ankle, he is able to perform the same repair through three poke holes.  His patients are walking within days after surgery, starting physical therapy two weeks after surgery, and returning to shoes at 6 weeks after surgery.

Achilles Rupture

Traditionally, a large incision was utilized to repair an achilles tendon rupture.  Dr. McConn uses a minimally invasive approach with a less than 1 cm incision that has been shown to provide a stronger repair compared to traditional techniques.  Patients are allowed to start putting weight on their surgical extremity two weeks after surgery as well as beginning physical therapy.

MIS Bunion Repair

New techniques for bunion repair provide the ability to repair a bunion with minimal to no incisions. Patients can place weight on the surgical extremity directly after surgery. This type of correction has led to decreased swelling, pain, and predictable correction.