Mr Roderick Coull
BA, FRCS(England), FRCS(Orth
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has recently been introduced to the UK in the belief that it is equally safe and effective to traditional open surgery with the benefit that recovery times and duration of post-operative swelling are significantly reduced.

Having been trained in this technique by David Redfern and Joel Vernois in Brighton, I am of the view that this type of surgery will eventually become the norm for conditions such as hallux valgus (bunions), hallux rigidus (arthritis of the great toe) and lesser toe deformities. I am happy to offer this surgery to patients in selected cases.

Currently MIS is the subject of much research and time will tell if this form of surgery proves superior to open surgery as I suspect it will.

Using specifically engineered low-torque bone cutting burrs it is possible to perform many of the common forefoot procedures through small incisions. In theory this prevents the risk of scar tissue formation which can cause post operative joint stiffness following traditional open surgery.

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Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery

I am now offering minimally invasive foot surgery to patients with hallux valgus (bunions) and hallux rigidus (arthritis at the base of the big toe) as well as for some lesser toe problems. Having received the appropriate training during 2011.

Minimally Invasive surgery still has to prove it's place as a viable, safe alternative to traditional open surgery, but in my view achieves an equally reliable outcome to open surgery with the benefits of significantly quicker rehabilitation. Advocates of this type of surgery, including myself, believe that the main benefit is a quicker return to normal function and to normal footwear compared to open surgery.