Star ankle replacement
My goal as an Orthopedic Surgeon is to relieve musculoskeletal pain and improve function to allow my patients to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. This involves treating recent injuries and fractures, diagnosing and treating chronic problems, and revising problems created by other surgeries. We use a team approach with physician assistants, nurses, orthotists, and physical therapists to meet these goals. Many problems can be diagnosed by taking a careful history and physical exam. When appropriate we obtain imaging ranging from x-ray to MRI, CT scans, ultrasound, or nuclear scans. Conservative treatment is often the first step, including options such as physical therapy and home exercises, bracing or shoe modifications, and sometimes injections.
My areas of expertise include foot and ankle, shoulder and knee surgery, and musculoskeletal trauma and deformity correction. I am board certified in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and have completed fellowships in both foot & ankle surgery and orthopedic sports medicine. I have completed additional training in Ilizarov and Spatial Frame deformity correction.
I use arthroscopy of the ankle, shoulder, and knee to treat a variety of problems including: osteochondral or cartilage defects (osteochondritis dissecans), impingement, bone spurs, rotator cuff tears, labral tears, meniscus tears, and loose bodies.
I use a variety of cartilage preservation and regeneration techniques such as microfracture, osteochondral autograft or allograft transplantation (OATS), distraction arthroplasty of the ankle, and realignment osteotomy.
When cartilage is beyond repair, I offer the latest techniques in total ankle replacement and total shoulder replacement.
I use proven ligament and tendon repair and reconstruction techniques to restore stability and function for conditions such as ankle instability and chronic ankle sprains, posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (flat foot), Achilles tendon tears, peroneal tendon tears and subluxation, ACL tears, patellar and quadriceps tendon tears, rotator cuff tears, and shoulder instability. Tendon transfers may be useful for dynamic deformities after stroke or nerve injury.
I use deformity correction techniques ranging from osteotomy for flat foot or cavus foot deformities to fusion for more severe deformity. I will use Ilizarov (external fixation) bone transport and deformity correction for complex foot, ankle, and lower extremity deformities. These deformities may have resulted from gradual progression, acute trauma or failed trauma fixation, or infection.
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