ABOUT ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY
Orthopedics is the study of human bones. It deals with identifying the problems and care of the human bones. There are subspecialists of orthopedic doctors like dental orthopedics. Orthopedic surgery, however, deals with the correction and treatment of the bones through surgery. Such surgeries involve correction of congenital disorders like deformed femurs (leg bones) or even dental orthopedic surgery like surgically removing impacted teeth. This branch of medicine also involves other medical concerns that bones may directly affect like the bloodstream and the nerves. Therefore, it is within reason to consider the benefits along with the risks of undergoing orthopedic surgery.
When met by a daunting course of treatment such as orthopedic surgery, prior to surgery, it is best to obtain a second opinion from another medical professional. In addition, the number of second opinions in regards to orthopedic surgery has increased within the past couple decades. Patients always stand to benefit from a second pair of eyes. It is of significant value to engage a diverse set of opinions on a medical condition and treatment plan, especially when it involves orthopedic surgery.
In a recent study regarding patients’ motives for obtaining a second medical opinion, it was determined that approximately 30 percent of orthopedic surgical patients had sought a second opinion. Their concerns did not stem from any incompetence displayed on the part of their original specialist, however a level of dissatisfaction was present due to an insufficient exchange of information and/or communication about their medical condition/treatment plan.
That being the case, if you are at all concerned with undergoing a surgical procedure or want to find out more about your condition from an alternative perspective, a second opinion is highly recommended.
“At the age of 76 and always quite healthy, I developed severe pain in my foot and ankle. Finally, after hobbling around for a few months, I saw an orthopedic surgeon who told me I had a torn patellar tendon (PTTD). Surgery was recommended to incorporate a different tendon and also to fix the cause - my flat feet (which I was born with). I would need to be off my feet for a number of weeks, then physical therapy. I was shocked. Since I am caring for my 83 year old husband who has Alzheimer’s, I couldn't believe this was happening. The pain didn't seem to be too bad, especially if I stayed off my feet. I was very concerned about being unable to continue to care for my husband, also about the pain, side effects, etc. of surgery and also whether the surgery would actually help me. I really wanted another opinion. The result was that my SecondOpinions.com radiologist provided the exact same diagnosis as my local orthopedic surgeon. Thank you SecondOpinions.com for being there - you provided me with the peace of mind I really needed.” Jane G., Northfield, MN
Allan Evangelista, D.P.M., M.P.H.
Lower Extremity Surgery, ABLES
Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery, ABLES
Comprehensive Foot Surgery, ABLES
Lower Extremity Medicine, ABLES
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.
James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa, FL, U.S.A.
Century City Hospital, Century City, CA, U.S.A.
Advanced Reconstructive Surgery and Traumatology of Foot and Leg – Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, Sarasota,FL, U.S.A.
Complex Surgery of Foot, Anke, and Leg
Dr. Allan Evangelista is fellowship-trained in reconstructive surgery of the foot, ankle, and leg. He is dedicated to providing comprehensive evaluation, exceptional care, and various surgical and nonsurgical treatment options to all patients. He is accepting new patients for: Adult and pediatric foot and ankle deformities, revisional and salvage surgery, Charcot foot reconstruction, trauma (all fractures, tendon ruptures, sprains), arthritis, tendonitis, gout, sports or industrial injuries, emergency or urgent care, paralysis or muscle weakness, joint replacement, spastic neuromuscular diseases (cerebral palsy), gait abnormalities (toe walking), joint cartilage transplantation, and general podiatry (neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts). Please go to www.foot-ankle.mysite.com for more details.
Dr. Evangelista received his degree in Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University and completed his fellowship in complex reconstructive surgery and traumatology of the foot, ankle, and leg at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates in Sarasota, FL.
* American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
* American College of Lower Extremity Surgeons
Thomas M. Landino, DPM, FACFAS, PT
Diplomat/Board Certified in Foot Surgery & Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, May 2000
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
8th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA 10107
Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, June 1996
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
The Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
PSR-36 Foot & Ankle Surgical Residency Program
Fellow, Russian Ilizarov Scientific Center for Restorative Traumatology and Orthopedics, Kurgan, Russia, March 17-April 29, 2006
Dr. Landino’s area of expertise is in lower extremity trauma, limb and foot deformity correction, foot and ankle sports medicine/arthroscopy and complex foot and ankle reconstructive surgery. His experience includes 4 years in the US Army serving as the Chief of Podiatric Surgery in both Wurzburg, Germany and Fort Campbell, KY caring for soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Upon exiting the military in 2007 he then joined a private Orthopedic practice in South Bend, IN that cared for the Notre Dame athletes. Currently, he is practice at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Federal Way, Wa where he enjoys a balance of surgery, research and the training of Residents.
* Member, American Podiatric Medical Association, May 2003 – Present
* Member, American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, May 2003 – Present
* Member, American Board Podiatric Surgery, July 2003 - Present
* Member, AO Alumni Association, March 2008 - Present
* Member, American Physical Therapists Association, June 2002- 2007
Troy Wilde, DPM
American Board of Podiatric Surgeons qualified in foot surgery
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
University of Texas San Antonio Health Science Center
Dr Wilde is a board certified Podiatrist. He is affiliated with the American Podiatric Medical Society and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeon. He has a couple of publications including The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery.
George Le, DPM
ABPM Board Certified
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx
Podiatry, Foot and Ankle Surgery
Dr. George Le is a board certified podiatrist from Denver, Colorado, where he received his Bachelors degree in Physiology. Dr. Le received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Degree at New York College of Podiatric Medicine and finished an intensive 3-year forefoot/rearfoot Surgical Residency at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, where he served as the Chief Resident. Dr. Le specializes in all aspects of podiatry including trauma, sports medicine, pediatric, preventative, biomechanics, and surgical.
Mark Maurer, DPM
American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
Certified in Foot, Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery
American Board of Lower Extremity Surgery
Certified in Lower Extremity Medicine and Comprehensive Surgery, including Rearfoot and Reconstructive Surgery
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
Chester Medical Center,
Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics
Podiatric (Foot and Ankle) Surgery
Dr. Mark Maurer provides deep understanding and tremendous experience in a wide array of foot and ankle conditions and treatments. He prioritizes educating his patients on their conditions and the conservative and surgical treatment options. Patient satisfaction and optimal healing are his top goals.
American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine student club. Dr. Maurer was the recipient of multiple scholarships and qualified for memberships into the Stirling-Harford-DiPrimio Honorary Anatomical Society and Pi Delta National Podiatry Honor Society.
Following podiatric medical school, Dr. Maurer completed a three year foot and ankle surgical residency at Crozer-Chester Medical Center near Philadelphia, PA. He received extensive training in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, trauma, limb salvage and wound care. Two months were spent in the International Limb Lengthening Center at The Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics in Baltimore, MD where he received additional training in complex reconstructive correction of adult and pediatric limb deformities with emphasis on external fixation.
While chief resident, Dr. Maurer was selected to represent the Podiatry Department at Crozer-Chester Medical Center to receive Physician-Patient Satisfaction training which he, in turn, delivered to all attendings and residents. This training has helped improve his relationship with his patients, gaining a better understanding of how to help them understand and follow through with the care being given. It has added to the quality and satisfaction of their care.
Dr. Maurer specializes in the following:
Flat foot reconstruction
Total ankle joint replacement
Minimally-invasive bunion surgery
Foot and ankle fracture care and repair
Hammer toe surgery
Cavus foot (high arch) reconstruction
External Fixation including circular frames
Diabetic Limb Salvage
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