Surgery isn’t usually the first option used in treatment plans and the team at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic understand that you may want to turn to more conservative treatment options first. If you’re located in the San Antonio area and want pain relief in your foot, ankle, heel, or nerves, Dr. Darren Silvester is highly trained in minimally invasive surgery, and his care team provides you with all the answers you need to make an informed decision. Call or book your appointment online today at one of the two locations in Pleasanton or Universal City, Texas.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist

What is minimally invasive surgery?

As opposed to open surgery, minimally invasive surgery requires less operating time and reduces damage to your body. It offers shorter hospital stays, fewer complications, and faster recovery time.

Minimally invasive surgery is an alternative when conservative, noninvasive treatments aren’t helping you recover.

Is minimally invasive surgery a last resort?

Dr. Silvester tries nonsurgical treatments before suggesting surgery. Frequent foot pain and some foot deformities require surgery for relief. Some conditions surgery may help are:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Heel spurs
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Nerve decompression
  • Flat feet
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Neuromas


Your doctor goes over why minimally invasive surgery may be the best treatment option for your particular condition and answers any questions and concerns you may have.

Is HyProCure minimally invasive surgery?

HyProCure corrects flat feet, bunions, and hammertoe. Dr. Silvester performs the procedure in an outpatient setting in 20 minutes or less at the Olympia Surgery Center in Universal City, Texas.

HyProCure stents fit into the natural spaces in your feet instead of relying on screws and pins to secure your bones in the correct place.

Most patients return to walking after a few weeks. The benefits of the HyProCure procedure include:

  • Increased range of motion
  • Aligned feet
  • Decreased pressure on foot nerves
  • Reduces symptoms and pain


Your doctor works closely with you and your podiatric health team before, during, and after your surgery for the best, most comfortable outcome they can offer you.

What happens if I need minimally invasive surgery?

Once you’ve decided on minimally invasive surgery, your given a folder containing all the information you need about your surgery. You sign consent forms and your care team helps you coordinate insurance, scheduling, and hospital admissions.

You also receive a phone call before your minimally invasive surgery to explain:

  • Arrival time
  • Whether you can eat before the surgery
  • How long your stay will be
  • Other precautions


Once you’re done with your surgery, Dr. Silvester explains in detail your recovery time and his expectations for your pain or condition.

With the expertise of Dr. Silvester at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic in Pleasanton and Universal City, Texas, you can rest easy knowing you’re receiving unparalleled care every step of the way. For your consultation, call the San Antonio-area clinic or use the online booking feature for your convenience.

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