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Achilles tendon repair is the term used to refer to the multiple options for treatment for an Achilles tendon rupture. These injuries are quite common and often require surgery to repair. The Achilles tendon is the strong fibrous cord that connects the two large muscles in the back of your calf to your heel bone. These muscles (the gastrocnemius and the soleus) create the power needed to push off with your foot or rise up on your toes.
Arthroscopy of the foot and ankle is used to examine and treat joint conditions. The procedure uses an arthroscope, a thin fiber-optic camera, that enables the surgeon to view close-up imagines of the inside of the ankle and/or foot while working. This usually allows for a less invasive procedure than traditional open surgery, as only a small incision is necessary for the arthroscope, which is about as wide as a drinking straw.
Ankle and foot fusion surgery consists of procedures that fuse two or more bones together in the ankle or foot. The most common reason an ankle fusion is performed is to correct damage due to degenerative arthritis in the ankle, which wears down the protective cartilage surrounding the joints in the ankle. The cartilage allows the bones to glide in and out of the joints smoothly, so loss of the cartilage causes the bones to rub against each other painfully.
Ankle replacement surgery, also known as total ankle arthroplasty, is a procedure in which the ankle is recreated by removing damaged bone and inserting an artificial joint. It is used to treat ankle arthritis, reduce pain and improve functionality of the ankle.
An anterior cervical discectomy is the most common surgery used to address damaged discs (shock-absorbing cushions between the vertebrae of the spinal column) in the neck. During this procedure, your spine surgeon will remove the ruptured disc(s) and any remaining fragments that are compressing the spinal cord or the nerve roots that branch out from it.
Arthroscopic surgery, also known as arthroscopy, is a minimally-invasive procedure used to diagnose and treat joint conditions. Originally, arthroscopy was used primarily in the diagnosis and planning phases of a traditional open surgery. However, as arthroscopic instruments and surgical techniques have become more advanced, more conditions are now being treated arthroscopically.
Bunion correction is surgery used to treat a bunion that has formed on the big or little toe. A bunion is a bump at the toe joint that represents abnormal bone or tissue formation, sometimes resulting from rheumatoid arthritis of the foot and ankle. The misalignment can cause the toe to move outward and cross over the adjacent toe. This also results in inflammation, swelling and pain in the joint of the affected toe. The goal of bunion correction surgery is to relieve pain and correct deformity.
Carpal tunnel syndrome involves numbness, tingling, pain or weakening of the hand due to a compressed nerve in the carpal tunnel, located on the palm side of the wrist. The symptoms of carpal tunnel are usually caused by repetitive motions of the hand and wrist, pregnancy, and some illnesses such as diabetes, hypothyroidism and arthritis.
Cervical decompression surgery is a procedure that removes any structures compressing the nerves in the cervical (neck) section of the spinal canal or vertebral foramen (the opening through which the spinal cord passes). The cervical section of the spine begins at the base of the skull and supports the neck. During surgery, a small section of the bone that is compressing the nerve root is removed to alleviate pressure and allow the nerve root to heal. Sometimes fragments of material from the spine are lodged under the nerve root as well, and are removed during cervical decompression surgery.
Cubital tunnel release alleviates the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome—a condition that occurs when the ulnar nerve is pinched in one of several locations in the back of the elbow. When the pressure becomes severe enough to disturb the way the nerve works, you can experience numbness, tingling and pain in your elbow, forearm, hand and fingers.