Howard Burkett, DPM 
Family Foot Health
Foot and Ankle Specialist

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Surgical Intervention

Surgical Intervention
When foot and ankle problems do not respond to conservative treatment, The Family Foot Health specializes in Minimally Invasive Surgery and the use of modern technology to minimize discomfort and maintain mobility during the postoperative period. We perform surgery using an adjacent outpatient surgical facility equipped with the most advanced technology available including Flouroscopes, Arthroscopes, H-Waves, Sonograms, Digital Scan and Extracorporeal Shockwave Devices.

Technology used with Minimally Invasive Surgery:

  • Arthroscope - The arthroscope is a fiberoptic camera that allows the surgeon to visualize, diagnose and treat problems inside a joint, without having to make a large incision. In an arthroscopic examination, a surgeon makes a small incision in the patient's skin and then inserts pencil-sized instruments that contain a small lens and lighting system to magnify and illuminate the structures inside the joint. By attaching the arthroscope to a miniature television camera, the surgeon is able to see the interior of the joint through this very small incision rather than a large incision needed for surgery. The surgeon can determine the amount or type of injury, and then repair or correct the problem, if it is necessary.
  • Flouroscopes – a medical device that provides a real-time, moving picture “x-ray” of joints and bones. An X-Ray beam is transmitted through the patient and strikes a fluorescent plate that is linked to a television camera. The surgeon can then watch the images "live" on a TV monitor. It is very valuable when looking for abnormalities that show up only during activity or motion, or when a joint is stressed. Flouroscans use extremely low doses of radiation, and are quite safe.

 

 



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