Providing foot and ankle specialists with technology
for complex foot and ankle surgeries
ProHealth Care provides area foot and ankle specialists with the technology they need to perform a full range of procedures — from routine to the most complex. Following are just some of the surgeries that foot and ankle specialists perform at ProHealth Care hospitals:
Arthroscopy is a procedure where a small video camera attached to a fiber optic lens is inserted into the body to allow the surgeon to see without making a large incision. When ankle arthroscopy first became available, it was used primarily to make a diagnosis. Today, ankle arthroscopy is used to perform a wide range of surgical procedures including removing bone spurs and fixing fractures.
A bunion occurs when the bone which joins the big toe to the foot becomes prominent. This bump is the bunion and is made up of bone and soft tissue. Orthopedic surgeons use many different surgical procedures to treat bunions, including surgery that repairs tendons and techniques that remove the damaged bone surface and incorporate other devices to help realign the toe and foot. The common goal of these procedures is to realign the joint, relieve pain and correct the deformity.
An osteotomy is often performed as part of bunion surgery. It involves cutting a bone to shorten, lengthen or change its alignment.
Tendon transfer and reconstruction
Tendon transfer and reconstruction are surgical procedures that move a tendon from its normal point of anchorage to another. This is done for a number of different reasons, including to correct a deformity and improve joint function. Tendon transfers are often used to correct a fallen arch.
Total ankle replacement
The latest technique in ankle replacement allows for significant pain relief while still allowing ankle movement in normal daily activities. During the procedure, the surgeon first removes some bone to make space for the implant. Unlike traditional ankle replacement, this approach requires no bone cement to adhere the parts. After recovery, patients return to normal daily activities gradually and often are able to participate in low-impact sports, such as golfing and hiking.
Ankle fusion surgery involves implanting devices (screws, plates, etc.) to help fixate the joint. The fusion may be promoted by first inserting bone-graft material, often obtained from elsewhere in the body. After ankle fusion surgery, the ankle joint may have a smaller range of motion than before surgery.