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Reconstructive Surgery Specialist

Elite Foot and Ankle -  - Podiatrist

Elite Foot and Ankle

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Burbank, CA

Reconstructive surgery is a highly skilled approach to treating severe foot abnormalities and dysfunctions when conservative therapies aren’t helping. Board-qualified foot and ankle surgeon Patrick Levine, DPM, of Elite Foot and Ankle in Burbank, California, excels in using minimally invasive approaches to treat most causes of foot and ankle problems. Dr. Levine is renowned as one of the best-trained surgeons in the Los Angeles area and has exceptional expertise in performing reconstructive surgery. Call Elite Foot and Ankle today to find out more or book an appointment using the online form.

Reconstructive Surgery Q & A

What is reconstructive surgery?

You might require reconstructive surgery if you have a foot or ankle condition not treatable through other means. Fortunately, Dr. Levine is one of the most sought-after foot and ankle surgeons in the Los Angeles area for reconstructive surgery. He excels at performing a wide range of operations, including:

  • Flatfeet correction
  • Hammertoe reconstruction
  • Toenail surgeries
  • Heel spur surgery
  • Metatarsal surgery
  • Charcot foot reconstruction
  • Hammer, claw, and mallet toe surgery
  • Removal of foreign bodies

Dr. Levine also has expertise in performing tendon and ligament repair and reconstruction.

Why would I need reconstructive tendon or ligament surgery?

Tendons and ligaments are connective tissues that join the bones and muscles in your joints. Severe damage or deterioration of tendons and ligaments could require reconstructive surgery.

Sports injuries are a common cause of ruptured ligaments and tendons. Running, jumping, and turning at speed all put your tendons and ligaments under immense pressure, which can lead to injuries like:

Ruptured Achilles tendon

The Achilles tendon goes down the back of your ankle, connecting your calf muscle to your heel. It's the biggest tendon in your body and must withstand enormous stresses during sporting activities and training.

Achilles tendon injuries are common in sports, and in many cases are treatable with rest, physical therapy, and medication. However, a severe rupture or injury that won't heal might require surgery. To reconstruct the tendon, Dr. Levine can use tendon tissue taken from your foot.

Sprained ankle

Sprains involve damage to the ligaments. A sprained ankle is the most frequent type of sports injury, and severe ruptures or tears might require surgical repair or reconstruction.

After spraining your ankle, you're more likely to do so again, as a sprain can permanently weaken the tissues. This ankle instability might also require reconstructive surgery to replace the weakened ligament.

What does reconstructive surgery involve?

Dr. Levine can perform most reconstructive foot and ankle surgeries using minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques. Arthroscopy requires several small incisions rather than the large cut used in open surgery. The incisions are just large for a miniature camera on a flexible tube (the arthroscope) and specialized surgical instruments to pass through.

Via the arthroscope, Dr. Levine views the surgical site on a monitor and uses this clear view of the damaged area to direct the instruments. He can perform extraordinarily delicate procedures using this technique, for example, reconstructing a tendon or ligament using tissue grafts.

Arthroscopic reconstructive surgery offers significant advantages, such as:

  • Minimal trauma to surrounding tissues
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Fewer post-surgical complications
  • Less postoperative pain
  • A wider range of motion
  • Reduced muscle wastage

Dr. Levine can perform arthroscopic reconstructive surgery on an outpatient basis, enabling you to go home the same day as your surgery. He is one of the most frequented surgeons in the area for this service.

If you need reconstructive surgery for your feet or ankles, call Elite Foot and Ankle today or book an appointment online.