What Can I Expect from HyProCure Surgery?
For people with certain forms of misaligned or flat feet—particularly those involving the talotarsal joint of the hindfoot—HyProCure is nothing short of life-changing.
Imagine that one simple, short, and minimally invasive surgical procedure could totally realign your foot, take away your pain, and potentially eliminate your need to wear arch supports or custom orthotics every day. For many people, that’s exactly what HyProCure does for them!
That all being said, it’s still important to know what to expect and properly prepare yourself for any surgical procedure. This blog post will hopefully answer many of your questions, but as always, don’t be afraid to reach out if you have more!
Preparing for Surgery
Although HyProCure is a minimally invasive procedure that is typically performed under local (rather than general) anesthesia, you’ll still need to make some important pre-operative preparations. Here are a few of the major requirements, plus some helpful tips and suggestions to help recovery go more smoothly:
- We’ll review any current medications you’re taking, including any over-the-counter medications, and let you know if you need to stop or reduce any of them before surgery.
- You’ll need to arrange to have someone drive you home after surgery.
- Buy a new, comfy and supportive pair of shoes no more than a week or so before surgery. (Worn-out shoes may cause pain and lengthen the recovery period.)
- Get any prescriptions you’ll need filled before the surgery.
- If you’re a smoker, we strongly recommend you quit at least four weeks before your surgery, and avoid smoking during the recovery process as well. Smoking has an adverse effect on your body’s ability to heal itself.
- It’s always a good idea to prepare your home before surgery to be as safe and navigable as possible. Clean up cords and clutter, prep some meals ahead of time, and even set up a temporary sleeping station so you don’t need to go up and down the stairs.
The Day of Surgery
HyProCure surgery is performed in our office. No need for a hospital stay, saving you time and money.
The surgery is performed using local anesthesia. Although you’ll be awake, you won’t feel any pain.
The entire procedure only takes about 20 minutes. We’ll make a small incision to access the sinus tarsi space between your ankle and heel bone, and simply (and gently) push the HyProCure stent straight in until it’s in the proper location.
Despite the screw-like appearance of the stent, there’s no drilling or screwing involved whatsoever—the threads are only there so that the resulting scar tissue can better “lock” the stent into place.
Once everything looks good, we’ll close the incision. After a brief recovery, you can head home the same day.
Again, make sure you have someone come to drive you home. If you can do so safely, it’s ideal to sit in the back seat facing sideways, so you can put your foot up.
During the first 3-5 days, it will be especially important to stay off your feet as much as you can. Walk as little as possible, avoid the stairs, and of course no vigorous activities. Keep your surgical foot elevated to minimize swelling, and follow the directions we give you for icing and pain medications.
Typically, the dressings can come off after seven days, but we’ll set a schedule with you at your appointment. After that, you’ll need to change bandages at home, usually once per day. For your first week, you will need to keep your foot completely dry, and do not apply any ointments, gels, creams, or heat to the incision area.
Over time, the initial swelling and pain after surgery will substantially decrease. By the one week mark, most people will be able to wear normal shoes again—but do make sure that your shoe is not putting excessive pressure on the surgical site.
Because HyProCure is minimally invasive, surgical complications such as infection are rare, although they still can happen. Call us immediately if you notice persistent bleeding, nausea, vomiting, fever, light-headedness, or other concerning issues.
As you continue to heal, you’ll gradually be able to return to more and more “normal” activities. You don’t want to “baby” your foot, but you also don’t want to do too much, too soon either. Since every person’s recovery is a little different, we’ll discuss a more personalized plan with you for your return to activity.
That being said, the timeline for “full” recovery on average is about 6-8 weeks.
After a successful surgery, the hindfoot deformity will be realigned and you should be able to pursue as active a lifestyle as you desire. Symptoms will be significantly improved, although it’s possible you may still need some kind of arch support or orthotics if you have other, unrelated conditions that require them.
You will not “feel” the stent; it doesn’t have any contact with surrounding joints or impair normal motion of the joint in any way. Some do report feeling a “hard substance” after surgery. This isn’t the stent, but scar tissue, and it should completely dissipate within a couple of months.
HyProCure has an extremely high success rate, and rarely needs to be revised later in life—even for procedures performed on young children. The stent itself is made from medical-grade titanium, which is one of the least reactive substances that could be used for this procedure. That said, if it’s necessary to do so, HyProCure can usually be reversed with minimal issues.
Are Your Feet in Constant Pain? Make the Call Today
HyProCure isn’t a solution for every patient with a flat foot or other deformity, but it can be a truly life-changing procedure for patients who are well qualified. And as far as surgeries go, it’s one of the least invasive, most convenient, and most successful that we regularly perform!
Our office is the only Atlas-certified HyProCure treatment center in the State of Missouri, and Dr. Foster would love to help you determine if this revolutionary treatment is right for you.
To request an appointment or ask us any additional questions you might have, please call our office in Lee’s Summit today at (816) 246-4222.