Doctors TV Show - Foot Surgery while Pregnant

As part of the CBS TV show “The Doctors,” in a segment entitled “The IV League,” Dr. Bob Baravarian of University Foot and Ankle Institute tackles some of the most complex and unique foot and ankle problems.

 

The IV league brings together top medical experts and surgeons in their respective fields. In this episode Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery must be performed even though the patient is pregnant!

 

This case involves Krista, a 32 year-old nurse that has a progressive nerve injury in her foot. She has tarsal tunnel syndrome, which is like carpal tunnel except it affects the ankle. As a busy nurse Kristin is on her feet all day, but every time she moves her ankle or puts weight on it, she is damaging tissue. The pain became so severe that at the end of the day she is barely able to walk.

 

Surgery to repair the tarsal tunnel was an obvious choice. But what complicates this case is that Kristin is in her second trimester of pregnancy. Kristin met with Dr. Baravarian and rest of the IV League to come up with the best treatment plan that was safe for both her and her baby.

 

While Kristin’s obstetrician closely monitors the baby, Dr. Baravarian performs the surgery to repair the tarsal tunnel. To eliminate any risk of medication crossing the placenta, Dr. Baravarian operates under local anesthesia.

 

The surgery was a success and Kristen is doing great! She was back to work after just 3 weeks, back to hiking and “feeling fantastic!”

  • Yelp
    Dr. Bob is outstanding.  A week ago today he performed surgery on my tarsal tunnel, and I am well on the mend from his handiwork.  He is professional, patient, and thorough in explaining his procedures and opinions.  ...
    Karen L.
  • Yelp
    I had my first experience with this office earlier this week. Dr. Franson spent ample time with me, and was very attentive to my concerns and questions. I especially appreciated his relaxed, but thorough, way of deali...
    Chuck S.
  • CustomerSure
    I really appreciate the office flexibility, as I never know when my foot issue will flare up and I will need to be seen. It is unpredictable, so I am grateful that the staff works to get me in to see Dr Briskin!
    Nancy S.
  • Google+
    I came to University Foot and Ankle Institute after being misdiagnosed by another doctor. I am a runner and foot pain was making even the shortest walks difficult and painful. Everyone at the office is very nice and D...
    Kay C.
  • Angies List
    I went to see Dr. Sydney Yau with foot and ankle pain. After trying many alternative treatments I ended up needing surgery. Dr. Yau was very kind and informative. He has always been available if I had any questions. ...
    Lisa W.
  • CustomerSure
    Dr. Briskin is the best! My various foot concerns lasted 1.5 years so I had the opportunity to see a lot of Dr. Briskin. He's an excellent surgeon and a lovely person. I'd recommend him to any friend or family member...
    Barbara M.
  • Google+
    I am an avid runner, but had a foot injury that made even walking excruciatingly painful. I went to University Foot and Ankle Institute after being misdiagnosed by another doctor. Everyone in the office is so nice, fr...
    Christie C.
  • ZocDoc
    Great podiatrist and great staff.
    MIchele M.
  • Yelp
    I recently saw Dr. Baravarian for an issue I was having with my tibia.  I was referred to him by my primary physician.  I am SO happy that I met him.  After a few office visits with him, and a very successful surgery,...
    Yesenia B.
  • CustomerSure
    Dr. B and his staff were so kind. I'm extremely sensitive to pain and they were all very comforting and supportive. I would not hesitate to return and refer any of my family members and friends. Thank you for you comm...
    Christina A.
Same day appointments now available!
or call us:
  • University Foot & Ankle, a Preferred Provider to:
  • UCLA Health System - UCLA Medical Group
  • MPTF - Member Industry Health Network
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • ATP - Association of Tennis Professionals
  • And consulting physicians for:
  • C&S - Cedars-Sinai
  • Saint John's Health Center