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Patient Education on
Unique Surgical Procedures  

Lapiplasty for Bunion Correction

Lapilasty 3-Dimensional Bunion Correction is a new, advanced technology for surgically correcting your bunions. This procedure was specifically developed to correct all 3-dimensions of the bunion deformity, at the root of the problem.  The first tarsal-metatarsal joint is fused so that it decreases the movement of that joint and straightens out the first metatarsal and toe. This type of Lapidus procedure treats bunions caused by first TMT joint hypermobility.  

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Interpositional Arthroplasty

A first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint interpositional arthroplasty treats arthritis of the big toe. This procedure stops pain by preventing the surfaces of the big joint of the big toe from rubbing together by putting in an implant to fill the joint space.

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Total Ankle Arthroplasty

Total ankle arthroplasty also known as total ankle replacement, is a surgical procedure used to treat ankle arthritis. Arthritic changes may be a result of normal wear and tear due to aging or from an injury such as a broken ankle or dislocation. Arthritis eventually leads to loss of cartilage, pain and/or deformity.  The goal of total ankle replacement is to improve ankle motion so the patient has less pain during activity. 

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Plantar Fascia: Percutaneous Tenotomy and Fasciotomy via Ultrasound Guidance 

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. It helps support the overall shape of your foot, especially when standing. Irritation and scarring of the plantar fascia, known as plantar fasciitis, is one of the most common causes of heel pain. This procedure involves a percutaneous tenotomy and fasciotomy treatment to get rid of the tissue that is the source of chronic tendon pain. 

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Achilles Tendinopathy: Percutaneous Tenotomy via Ultrasound Guidance 

The achilles tendon connects the three strongest flexor muscles of the leg to the foot. Achilles tendinopathy can cause pain, swelling and stiffness. This procedure involves

percutaneous tenotomy to treat the chronic tendon pain.

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Amniotic membrane/umbilical cord tissue use

These tissues are used a surgical covering, wrap or barrier in conjunction with other foot and ankle procedures. These tissues modulate a local wound environment to simulate fetal scarless healing.  They contains proteins that regulate inflammation and prevent scar formation.  This helps decrease limited functional recovery, poor cosmesis, and subsequent surgery or medical management. 

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This is a short list of unique surgical procedures that Dr. Putnam does.  There are many other surgical procedures that Dr. Putnam is certified and trained to do. 

For questions or more information, please contact our office.

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