At the Florida Hospital Orthopaedic Institute Fracture Care Center (FCC), musculoskeletal concerns are treated with compassion and care. Some patients may have decided to address a childhood issue that has affected their lifestyle. Others may be dealing with complications stemming from orthopaedic conditions. And still other patients may want to overcome the debilitating effects of leg, ankle and foot deformity injuries.
J. Dean Cole, MD, a renowned figure in orthopaedic trauma, and the Medical Director of the FCC, is widely regarded as an orthopaedic deformity correction specialist. Dr. Cole has assembled a dedicated team of medical professionals with the experience and skill to diagnose and treat deformities. This “team approach” plays a very large role in the FCC’s successful outcomes with orthopaedic deformity correction.
A Minimally Invasive Unique Approach to Surgery
Dr. Cole’s long-standing philosophy to use minimally invasive surgery (MIS) to treat leg deformity makes the Fracture Care Center stand out. Patients who have undergone procedures at the FCC have experienced positive upturns in their lifestyles and well-being. Using an MIS approach, the FCC physicians can change a patient’s life, giving them the gift of functional lower extremities. Just imagine a lifetime wearing lifts, braces and other cumbersome equipment, only to finally be free of these needs!
If you’ve been living with an orthopaedic deformity, call the Fracture Care Center. The FCC team is highly specialized in deformity correct surgery. You can learn more about the various deformity correction treatments available at the FCC by contacting us.
While our lower extremities enable precious movement and mobility, they are also susceptible to a variety of issues. Whether due to injuries, childhood illness, or existing conditions, deformities represent serious medical concerns. And when seeking effective treatment for an orthopaedic deformity, it’s essential to consult with orthopaedic specialists possessing unique experience.
At the Florida Hospital Orthopaedic Institute Fracture Care Center (FCC), the surgical staff provides expert diagnosis and treatments for multiple deformities. J. Dean Cole, MD, the Center’s Medical Director and a leader in the field of orthopaedic deformity correction surgery, has developed a full range of unique approaches for congenital and developmental deformities of the lower extremities.
The Minimally Invasive Approach to Deformities
When it comes to surgery, our surgeons embrace a philosophy of minimally invasive surgery. In regard to deformities, Dr. Cole and his colleagues can surgically correct any limb deformity, and the associated complications. And as patients heal and regain mobility, they’re able to maintain their lifestyles.
The minimally invasive approach emphasizes small, rather than large incisions. As a result, patients’ blood supplies to the involved bones and soft tissues are better maintained. In turn, this speeds up and improves the healing and recovery rates, allowing patients to return to normal activities sooner. As smaller incisions minimize the risks of large wounds on the skin, infections and blood loss are both reduced, and patients are left with less, smaller scarring. Dr. Cole and his fellow surgeons Drs Vickaryous and Hawks, utilize minimally invasive orthopaedic procedures to treat diseases and injuries to bones, cartilage, ligaments, muscles and tendons.
In the history of the Fracture Care Center, our physicians have a record of achieving a high level of successful outcomes. Once the necessary surgeries are completed, the Center’s patients have the opportunity to achieve functional lower extremities. These individuals are also free to move around without the need of any lifts and braces.
Living with a deformed limb can take a damaging toll on patients’ lifestyles and well-being. Regardless of the causes, Dr. Cole and his colleagues have accumulated more than 25 years of experience and skill in surgically correcting deformities of the lower extremities. If you’re interested in scheduling orthopedic deformity surgery at the Fracture Care Center, please contact us.
Lee Ann: Walking Proud
As a child, Lee Ann was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a set of genetic disorders, which caused a deformity of her leg, called a nonunion. This condition required multiple surgeries during childhood leaving her leg deformed. As an adult, Lee Ann learned Dr. Cole could treat both her leg deformity and length discrepancy with success.
After Lee Ann’s first evaluation by Dr. Cole, he recommended a series of surgeries that would ultimately give her a normal looking and functioning leg. Her initial surgery addressed the leg deformity and involved breaking the bone in multiple places to realign it with a device (Intramedullary Nail) inside the bone. Once these fractures healed, Lee Ann was a candidate for leg lengthening.
Dr. Cole used the Intramedullary Skeletal Kinetic Distractor (ISKD), a device he invented especially for bone lengthening. This device is the only one of its kind used internally to lengthen bone, providing little interference with a patient’s lifestyle. After several surgeries, Lee Ann’s leg is able to function and look like a normal healthy leg. This treatment will allow Lee Ann to walk normally and even wear high heels for the first time in her life.