Foot and Ankle Surgery
Personalized surgical options from a range of proven techniques
For more extensive or severe ankle and foot injuries, non-surgical treatment options may be insufficient. However, orthopedic surgery is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. Just as each injury and patient is unique, we determine the most appropriate surgical options from a range of proven techniques.
We regularly perform the following types of surgical procedures, among others, many of which can be scheduled and performed on an outpatient basis at our clinic or at Hurley Medical Center:
Achilles Tear Surgery
If more conservative treatment options are not effective for an Achilles tear injury, surgery may be recommended. There are two primary types of surgery to repair a torn or ruptured Achilles tendon, depending on the location, nature and severity of the injury: “open,” which involves a single, large incision, and “percutaneous,” which comprises several small incisions. In both types of surgery, the surgeon sews the tendon back together through the incision or incisions.
Our surgeons extensive experience in arthroscopic surgery. Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that allows surgeons to diagnose and treat joint injuries without making large incisions. For the patient, this means less pain and faster recovery times. Arthroscopic surgery is not limited to simple procedures; even complicated surgeries can be done on an outpatient basis.
During arthroscopic surgery, your surgeon will make tiny incisions in the skin and insert an arthroscope, a pencil-sized lens and lighting system. The arthroscope magnifies internal structures and is attached to a miniature television camera, which then projects the image onto a screen, allowing the surgeon to see the injured area and tissues. Joints most frequently assessed and operated on using arthroscopic surgery include the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip and wrist.
Recovery Following Surgery
Recovery following any type of surgery for a sports injury is very much dependent upon the individual and the extent of the injury. While most surgeries can be performed on an outpatient basis, you can expect to be required to rest the joint fully for a minimum of several weeks up to a month or two.
Immediately following surgery, you will be given or prescribed appropriate pain medications and will be instructed to ice and elevate the joint. Your surgeon will follow up with you to ensure that you are healing appropriately and to provide additional instructions based on your recovery. Eventually, you will likely be given exercises that you can perform at home to strengthen the joint before beginning a physical therapy and rehabilitation program (if necessary).
Again, depending on the nature and extent of your injury, your full recovery may take from two to six months.