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St. Vincent Medical Center



For physician referral, call (866) 478-8462. For general information, call (213) 484-7111.

To reach a patient, call (213) 484-7111. If you know their room number, call (213) 484-[7 + room number]. Patients can receive calls daily from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM.


For physician referral, call (866) 478-8462. For general information, call (213) 484-7111.

To reach a patient, call (213) 484-7111. If you know their room number, call (213) 484-[7 + room number]. Patients can receive calls daily from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

 

 St. Vincent Medical Center

Foot and Ankle Replacement

Foot and ankle injuries are usually incapacitating because of the large forces applied to these parts of the body during the activities of daily living. This is why foot or ankle pain is likely to progress if not appropriately treated.

Non-Operative Treatments

Foot pain and ankle pain can have a number of origins. Our surgeons are committed to a conservative approach to treatment and usually explore non-invasive treatment options as a first step. Non-operative treatment options include:

  • Modification of patient activity
  • Physical therapy
  • Oral medications
  • Local injection

Total Ankle Replacement

Pain in the ankle joint can be the result of cartilage wear (arthritis) of the joint between the talus (ankle bone) and the tibia (lower leg bone).

Total Ankle Replacement (TAR) is a surgical option for patients with arthritis of the ankle. This operation can relieve pain and restore motion in the ankle joint as opposed to other treatment options in which range of motion and activity levels will be limited such as arthrodesis (ankle fusion). In a TAR, both sides of the ankle joint are reshaped and implanted with specially designed components. The bearing material used is generally metal (for the talar component) and polyethylene (for the tibial component). The overall track record of TAR is still short as it has been performed essentially in the last 10 years, but looks very promising so far.

Surgeons performing Total Ankle Replacement at the Joint Replacement Institute:

  • Dr. Saluta

Achilles Tendon Repair

Even though the Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the human body, its rupture is a fairly common injury in healthy, young, active individuals. Surgical repair is usually the treatment of choice because it is associated with a lower rate of re-injury and shorter recovery time compared with non-surgical treatments.

Surgical repair can be performed with a closed or an open technique. With the open technique, an incision is made to allow for better visualization and approximation of the tendon. With the closed (also called percutaneous) technique, the surgeon makes several small skin incisions through which the tendon is repaired. A short leg cast (plaster) is placed on the operated ankle after either of the procedures.

Surgeons performing Achilles Tendon Repair at the Joint Replacement Institute:

  • Dr. Goring
  • Dr. Saluta

Fracture Repair

A fractured bone will typically repair itself if the broken extremities of the bone are close enough and maintained immobilized. However, a surgical intervention will often facilitate a fast and complete recovery, depending on the location of the fracture and the degree of displacement between the two (or more) broken parts of the bone.

Bone fracture repair is a surgery usually involving metal screws, pins, rods, or plates to hold the bone in place. It is also known as Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF) surgery.

Joint Replacement Institute surgeons performing Fracture Repair around the Ankle joint:

  • Dr. Goring
  • Dr. Saluta
  • Dr. Wassef

Bunion Surgery

A bunion is an enlargement of bone or tissue around the joint at the base of the big toe. This condition may become painful, with a bending of the big toe toward the other toes and skin irritation.

The goal of this surgical intervention is to relieve pain and correct as much deformity as possible. This can require more than one procedure all performed during the same surgery, including removing the enlarged portion of the bone, cutting and realigning the bone, and correcting the position of the tendons and ligaments.

Surgeons performing Bunion Surgery at the Joint Replacement Institute:

  • Dr. Joseph
  • Dr. Saluta

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