DOCTOR GITLIN LECTURES ON NEWEST MINIMAL INCISION TARSAL TUNNEL TECHNIQUE
Doctor Gitlin has lectured most recently in Buffalo, New York on a minimal incision tarsal tunnel nerve decompression. This was his 20th presentation on this particular topic in the past 5 years. The procedure been used by him for the past 7 years to treat tarsal tunnel compression syndrome as well as other nerve injuries in the lower extremity. The procedure is done with an inch long incision compared to the regular 5 to 7 inch incision used normally for this type of surgery. This minimizes the scarring a patient may develop post operatively around the area of the nerves. The minimal incision also allows for full weightbearing immediatly after surgery and a short healing time and racooperation with most patients returning back into their regular shoes two weeks after the surgical procedure.
This procedure is done using special instruments : a fiber optic retractor and magnifying loupe goggles. This allows the surgeon to use a small incision but to essentially be able to see underneath the skin to release the nerves.