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Book and Media Reviews
December 28, 2011

Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Foot and Ankle

JAMA. 2011;306(24):2732. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1876

Medicine is an ever-evolving field in which innovation, combined with a desire to improve outcomes, often leads to newer—and hopefully better—strategies for disease management. One area in which this trend is accelerating is minimally invasive surgery (MIS). When properly applied, MIS techniques allow surgeons to perform procedures that limit damage to the surrounding tissues, theoretically decreasing postoperative morbidity, speeding recovery time, and shortening the time for return to function. However, MIS techniques are technically demanding and often have a significant learning curve. Additionally, they rely on sophisticated equipment not readily available to all physicians. When MIS techniques are widely adopted, they occasionally fail to provide the same outcomes as the traditional techniques they are designed to replace. The reasons for this are 2-fold: either these techniques are too demanding for the average surgeon to master, or the techniques are not taught or explained in a cogent manner. Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Foot and Ankle, edited by Nicola Maffulli and Mark Easley, is an attempt to illustrate, teach, and disseminate these advanced techniques. In large part, the book accomplishes these goals.