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 evidenced based to achieve optimal results.
Dr Maritz performs 3 categories of surgies around the foot and ankle:
Minimally Invasive Surgery – MIS / percutaneous surgery
Keyhole Camera Surgery – Arthroscopic surgery
Open surgery – extensile exposure
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery addresses multiple foot and ankle pathologies by utilising small, percutaneous approaches. The benefits of less soft tissue swelling, rapid recovery and earlier return of movement have been shown.
Minimally Invasive Surgery for treating foot and ankle surgery has gained traction internationally, and provides certain benefits over the more traditional open incision types of surgery. Dr Maritz has been trained internationally in these techniques, and has brought this experience to his practice in South Africa.
Arthroscopic surgery involves inserting a specialsed camera within a joint to visualise and repair damaged structures. This small keyhole approach allows raipd recovery and earlier mobilisation than more traditional open exposures.