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Lower extremity reconstructive surgery combines plastic surgery with state-of-the-art foot and ankle surgery to restore function and aesthetics to the foot, ankle and lower leg. We use the most advanced surgical and microsurgical techniques available to maximize the function and appearance of the lower extremities, with an emphasis on joint-preserving and limb-sparing procedures.

The best candidates for lower extremity reconstructive surgery are people who suffer from open wounds or defects in a lower extremity as a result of trauma, disease, or congenital abnormality.

What to Expect

Surgery Preparation

Specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery will be provided, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking and avoiding anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, that may interfere with the blood's ability to clot.

Carefully following all instructions will help your surgery go smoothly. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and provide assistance for the first few days.

Recovery from Surgery

The healing process for lower extremity reconstructive surgery depends on the extent and type of surgery performed. Because each surgery is unique and varies greatly in complexity, the recovery process for each person will be different.

It is really important to follow your surgeon's instructions carefully to prevent permanent damage or infection. Successful recovery requires patients to take an active role in all aspects of their care.

Risks and Outcomes

Every type of surgery has risks. You can help reduce complications by carefully following all pre- and post-surgery instructions. Our plastic surgeons will review all the potential risks and side effects specific to you and your surgery.

Advanced Surgical Procedures

We use the latest surgical and micro-surgical techniques available to maximize the function and appearance of the lower extremities, with an emphasis on limb-sparing procedures. Two of the latest advancements we offer are:

  • LAPIPLASTY® System, a three-dimensional bunion correction system. This procedure positions the entire bone back into normal alignment.
  • Cartiva®, an FDA-approved implant for the treatment of osteoarthritis in the big toe joint. This procedure has a fast recovery time.

Our team of foot and reconstructive specialists includes surgeons who are fellowship-trained, enabling them to handle everything from the simplest to the most complex cases. They perform many microsurgeries and are particularly skilled at wound healing and closure. 

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Microsurgery is a complex procedure in which surgeons take bone, muscle and skin from one part of the body to fill a defect in another area.

Wound Healing and Closure

Though all surgeons close wounds, there are times when the special skill of a plastic surgeon is needed to improve healing and reduce scarring.

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