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Foot and Ankle Surgeon Says New Procedures, Techniques Speeding Patients’ Recoveries

brian-harleyDuluth, GA (March 5, 2014) – Many foot and ankle surgery patients in Duluth, Georgia are getting back on their feet faster, thanks to new procedures and techniques. Brian Harley, DPM, FACFAS, a board certified foot and ankle surgeon with an office in Duluth, says the introduction of amniotic derived products used in conjunction with traditional techniques for foot and ankle provide patients with less discomfort and speedier recovery times. “These surgical advances have been proven to shorten recovery times for many patients, allowing them to get back to their jobs and active lifestyles in less time,” says Dr. Harley.

Foot and ankle surgery can be challenging since we rely so much on our legs for our daily activities. Sometimes the smallest of problems can be extremely difficult to manage when you spend a lot of time on your feet for work, or even exercise. In most cases, conservative measures can successfully cure many patients. But when surgery is indicated, utilizing a product to decrease pain and scar tissue is a great benefit. Dr. Harley says recently introduced amniotic matrix technology can shorten recovery time for some patients by utilizing the healing process that a fetus uses while in the womb. The environment where the fetus lives during development allows for healing without scar tissue and without inflammation, both of which could be harmful to the fetus or the mother. The membrane is processed from healthy placenta from mothers with strict medical requirements for health. This prevents any contamination or rejection.

The matrix is completely absorbed by the host, and leaves no foreign material in the body. The matrix has been used for many years in reconstructive eye surgeries, allowing regrowth of tissue without scarring, which would significantly impair vision. Its also important to know that this matrix is not a stem cell product. Amniox Medical Inc., from Marietta, GA, has pioneered this product and its method of processing for use in the surgical setting. Dr. Harley is a member of the 6,000-member American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) and is board certified in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery. He earned his four year podiatric medical degree from New York College of Podiatric Medicine and has been practicing in Duluth, GA since 2009. Dr. Harley completed residency with UCLA, and reconstructive fellowships in Russia and Milan. Dr. Harley’s phone number is 770-497-8283 and he is a provider for Village Podiatry Centers, and can be found at www.villagepodiatrycenters.com. To schedule an appointment, contact Village Podiatry Centers at (770) 771-6991. For maps and driving directions to these offices, visit the Locations page.

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