Recently, Stryker Orthopedics asked that I instruct a lab to teach some of the latest and most up to date techniques regarding ankle arthroscopy. Foot and ankle surgeons from the Tulsa area attended this lab to learn advanced techniques for treatment of chronic ankle sprains in a minimally invasive manner (no/minimal incisions).
As explained in a previous blog, lateral ankle instability, also associated with frequent ankle sprains, is a very common problem amongst all patients. From simple balance in an everyday ambulator to decreased functionality in cross-fit athletes, ankle instability affects a wide range of patients. When training in Chicago, we treated all of our patients with a minimally invasive approach utilizing ankle arthroscopy which did not require any incisions other than 3 "poke holes". I have brought this technique to Tulsa, OK which is allowing patients to experience quicker recoveries, less swelling/pain post surgery, as well as return to activity quicker. I currently have a publication in press that compares the minimally invasive technique, or Arthrobrostrom, to the traditional method of full incisions. Our research is consistent with all the current literature showing that patients have less pain, less swelling, and return to their level of functionality much quicker.
It was my pleasure to provide instruction, pearls, and guidance to other top notch surgeons in the Tulsa area. At the end of the day it is ALL about the patient, their health, and quality of life.
Big thanks to Stryker Orthopedics, as well as the reps, who provided myself and all the other surgeons with a fantastic lab experience.
If you suffer from lateral ankle instability, do not let it it continue to affect your goals, wishes, and quality of life. Come see me at Utica Park Clinic Orthopedics and we'll have you back in action in no time!