Dr. Bob Baravarian Leads Surgical Training

Bob-Baravarian-Santa-Minica-CA-PodiatristDr. Baravarian has been busier than ever over the past few weeks, leading surgical trainings in both New Orleans and Beverly Hills for around 150 surgeons from across the globe.

The trainings were held by Stryker, one of the top medical technology companies in the world. They develop state-of-the-art orthopedic products and introduce new surgical techniques that make “recovery simpler, faster, and more effective.”

Dr. Baravarian had the privilege of instructing on techniques that incorporate new materials and products that significantly cut down on patient recovery time. He instructed on total ankle replacement surgery using a STAR ankle replacement device – the most widely used device in the world.

He also instructed on flat foot reconstruction and gave live demos of the lapidus bunionectomy and fusion of the big toe joint.

Any new products you’re particularly excited about, Dr. Bob?

“Yes, for our patients with Achilles tendon rupture, we’ve been working with a new device from Arthrex, called SpeedBridge.” SpeedBridge is designed to maximize contact between the ruptured tendons to make the healing process faster and easier than ever. “The procedure is minimally invasive and has been able to get our patients back on their feet and into physical therapy earlier.”

“We’ve also seen a lot of success with another product from Arthrex called Biocartilage for osteochondral legions, cartilage replacement, and stem cell replacement.”

How does Biocartilage work? “In the old days, you had to take out the damaged cartilage by drilling holes in the tissue. What grows in its place is the scar tissue of cartilage, called fibrocartilage. It’s weaker and less dense than regular cartilage. What Biocartilage does is act as a scaffolding to help the body re-grow its regular cartilage.”

Broström procedure“The last procedure that’s been working quite well for our patients is the Broström procedure for chronic ankle instability.” The procedure is relatively the same as before, but now uses a new internal brace, made from a thick, rope-like fiber that’s stronger than the ligament. The internal brace augments the repair and speeds up the recovery process to get patients moving sooner than ever.

Dr. Baravarian says that the major benefit to using these new technologies is the lightning-fast recovery time. “With older techniques, foot and ankle surgeries usually require at least 6-8 weeks of rest in the cast before the patient can bear weight. The new technologies help patients to heal much more quickly, so that they’re out of the cast at 2 weeks and out of the boot at 4 weeks.”

Thanks to Dr. Bob for sharing these new techniques and products with us! We’re looking forward to many patient success stories in the future!

If you would like more information on the revolutionary treatments available at University Foot and Ankle Institute, we encourage you to call (877) 989-9110 or visit us at www.footankleinsitute.com.

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For almost fifteen years, University Foot and Ankle Institute and their nationally recognized physicians have been providing the most technologically advanced medical care for the foot and ankle with the highest success rates in the country.

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