Before embarking on any surgery, Dr Maritz always advises non-surgical measures with a multi-disciplinary team first. With the complexity, and wide variation in pathology seen within the foot and ankle, an individualised treatment approach is an essential part of treatment, but must be evidence-based to achieve optimal results.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery addresses multiple foot and ankle pathologies by utilising small keyhole, percutaneous approaches, with the aid of x-ray screening. Certain benefits over the more traditional open-incision types of surgery have been shown, like less soft tissue swelling, less scarring, rapid recovery, earlier weightbearing and return of movement. Minimally Invasive Surgery for treating foot problems has gained traction internationally. Dr Maritz has been trained in these techniques internationally by the innovators themselves, and he has brought this experience to his practice in South Africa. It is his preferred surgical technique whenever achievable for the individual’s pathology.
Minimally Invasive Claw Toe and Hammer Toe Correction
Arthroscopic / keyhole camera surgery involves inserting a specialised camera within a joint to visualise and repair damaged structures. This small keyhole approach allows rapid recovery and earlier mobilisation than more traditional open exposures. When pathology or deformity is very severe or complex, open surgery may need to be performed. This carries a longer recovery due to the soft tissue needing to heal.
SOME ARTHROSCOPIC PROCEDURES OFFERED BY DR MARITZ:
Arthroscopic Ankle Cartilage Procedures
Arthroscopic Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
Arthroscopic Ankle Fusion
Arthroscopic Subtalar Fusion
Arthroscopic Tendon Debridement (Tenoscopy)
General foot & ankle conditions
A FEW OF THE OTHER FOOT ISSUES TREATED BY DR MARITZ:
Diabetic and Rheumatoid Feet
Severe Arthritic Conditions
Deformities e.g. Pes Planus (flat feet) and Cavus feet (high arches)
Sport Injuries e.g. Turf Toe
Fractures and Trauma
Ganglions and Cysts
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