Minimally Invasive Ankle Fracture Surgery

Using Advanced CT Imaging, Arthroscopy and Modern Implants & Surgical Techniques

Dr. H’s biggest passion, talent and practice focus is the comprehensive but minimally invasive surgical treatment of ankle fractures. This approach aims to address every aspect of your ankle fracture: the bones, the ligament injuries and the cartilage inside the joint. He lectures internationally to other surgeons on the importance of this approach which very few other surgeons employ. Read below to learn how Dr. H takes extra steps in treating your ankle fracture to try and obtain the fastest and most superior recovery.

Advanced Ct Imaging

Dr. Hodgkins obtains 3-Dimensional CT scans (Computer Aided Tomography Scan or CAT scan) on most fractures to know exactly what your fracture pattern is and how best to fix it. Even simple fractures present surprises. Dr. H does not want surprises in the operating room. He wants to know the 3D anatomy of your injury before surgery to know the absolute best approach with the smallest possible incisions for the best possible result. The CT scans are displayed on large screens in the operating suite for Dr. H to reference them during your surgery. Dr. H has access to one of very few weight bearing CT scanners in South Florida. If possible Dr. H will show you the CT scan before surgery so that you fully understand your injury and the surgical plan.

Nanoarthroscopy

Dr. Hodgkins utilizes a new mini arthroscope, the Nanoscope. He was one of the first surgeons IN THE WORLD to use this camera in an ankle. In this picture the screen shows the inside of the joint. Dr. H finds and treats problems in the joint in over 50% of the ankle fractures that he treats proving the value of this approach and reinforcing the importance that your surgeon looks inside your joint when treating your ankle fracture, when appropriate. Dr. H shows you all the pictures and x-rays of your joint during your first post operative visit. We can provide you with a copy to keep.

Ligament Injuries

Ankle fractures almost always involve injuries to the ligaments which many times get ignored. Dr. H strongly believes that ignoring the ligament injuries leads to poor outcomes and is therefore very aggressive about looking for and addressing the ligament injuries surgically. Using special advanced techniques and equipment, Dr. H ensures he finds and addresses all the problems. He utilizes the ‘Tightrope’ and ‘Internal Brace’ (Arthrex, Naples) to help fix these injuries. These devices have recently helped the Alabama Quarterback “Tua” Tagovailoa and New Orleans Saints NFL Quarterback get back to play very quickly.

Arthroscopic Surgery

Mini Incision Camera Assisted Surgery
Dr. Hodgkins uses an arthroscope (mini camera) during most of his fracture surgeries. This allows him to look for and treat damage to the lining of the joint (cartilage) which would otherwise be missed and lead to possible poor outcomes. It allows him to check the alignment of your fracture giving you the best possible reduction of your fractures. The arthroscope also helps him to detect and treat ligament instability. The arthroscope often allows Dr. H to keep your fracture incisions smaller. This is a special skill that very few fracture surgeons have or utilize and puts Dr. H in a different category of surgeons.

Modern Implants

Dr. H uses the latest and greatest techniques and implants to ensure you receive the best and most up to date treatment, when appropriate. He is involved in the design and improvement of many of these devices. Particularly, Dr. H is the one of highest volume surgeons IN THE WORLD, using a new fibula nail which allows fixation of ankle fractures through much smaller incisions leading to, potentially; quicker surgery, less post op pain and swelling, faster healing and quicker return to work and sports. It is groundbreaking and Dr. H lectures around the country and worldwide on its role. This is the future of ankle fracture surgery and Dr. H is by far one of the most experienced surgeons in USA and the majority of the world in using this implant. If you have an ankle fracture, you need the best, from the best.

Accelerated Aggressive Rehab

The surgery is only part of your treatment. The post op recovery is very important. Dr. H helps look after many elite athletes who need to return to play in perfect condition as soon as possible. Due to the techniques Dr. H uses during surgery, he is so confident in the strength of your fracture fixation and the ligament repairs that he employs a very aggressive rehab program to get you walking and moving ASAP. We utilize modern equipment and therapy techniques to make sure you are treated like an elite athlete. We keep a close eye on you after your surgery to ensure you are on track.

WHAT DR. HODGKINS DOES BEST

Dr. Hodgkins works hard on five key areas to try and achieve superior experiences and outcomes for his patients.

Minimally Invasive Approach

Dr. Hodgkins uses minimally invasive approach and techniques when appropriate. Smaller incisions typically result in less pain and swelling after surgery, faster recovery and better cosmetic results. Dr. H spent time in his training with elite plastic surgeons to refine his skills to cosmetically improve incisions and prides himself on how his surgeries look on both the inside and outside. Dr. H uses magnification glasses (loupes) during surgery to see everything in greater detail. Loupes are normally worn by plastic surgeons and neurosurgeons. Dr. H trained with these highly precise surgeons to refine his motor skills to try and achieve the best possible result for your surgery.

Cutting Edge Technology

Dr. Hodgkins aims to be at the forefront of cutting edge medicine and is involved in the design of innovative new surgical techniques and devices. He is invited to teach and present nationally and internationally on these techniques and has written many published articles and book chapters. He is also involved in teaching medical students, residents and fellows. He keeps up to date and is often personally involved with the latest and greatest with the aim of providing his patients the best surgical outcome!

PATIENT SATISFACTION

Dr. Hodgkins has had many injuries and surgeries himself. He understands your pain. He cares deeply about all of his patients and wants you to have the best possible experience under his care. He tries to pay attention to every detail of the patient experience which has made him one of the highest rated orthopedic surgeons in the USA with over 700 online 5-Star reviews and over 300 Google 5-Star reviews. His mission is the best possible outcomes and pleasant experiences. He hopes his reputation speaks for itself about how well he does what he does! See and read for yourself from other real patients.

ARTHROSCOPIC ASSISTED

Dr. Hodgkins utilizes a mini camera (arthroscope) for most surgeries to look inside joints and see hidden problems inside the joint that may otherwise not be detected. Dr. H thinks this is so important that he spent time training with highly skilled arthroscopic surgeons and has adopted these techniques in his practice to ensure his patients get a comprehensive surgery for the best possible result. Dr. H was also one of the first surgeons in the world to use the new Arthrex ‘Nanoscope’ in the ankle which is an even smaller camera pushing the boundaries of innovation.

Superior Outcomes

Dr. Hodgkins treats all his patients as he does his elite athletes. Whether you want to resume walking your dog in the park, play world cup rugby or need to get back to work, he aims to provide you with the best possible result as quickly as possible so you can get back to enjoying your life. He prescribes progressive rehabilitation techniques and pays very close attention to progress. He uses adjuncts to recovery including modern boots, braces and other equipment to try and improve and accelerate your recovery.

PATIENT FOCUSED

5 Star Rated Orthopedic Surgeon in Miami

  • ★★★★★

    EXCEPTIONAL..the Best in Miami Dade County! Dr. Hodgkins and his medical team are true professionals. They provided excellent care to my daughter, she broke her toe then her ankle. Dr. Hodgkins and his staff made sure she her recovery was 100% and more. I appreciate this medical team to the fullest and would recommend them to the world because they are a fine group of PROFESSIONALS! Thank you for your dedication and hard work. (Google Review)
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    Lappy Bradshaw Surgery Patient
  • ★★★★★

    Thanks to Dr. Hodgkins my life is back to normal. After a horrible injury that could have left me without a foot Dr. Hodgkins did not give up on me and fixed me up. I’m forever grateful I landed in his hands and wouldn’t trade him for any other specialist. Not even if I was paid. Thank you for everything Doctor. (Google Review)
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    Kyle Korvick Patient
  • ★★★★★

    Dr Hodgkins is an excellent surgeon. I had a severe foot injury and he made my foot look new again. It was such an ugly injury and now my foot looks normal again. His staff are always courteous, friendly and kind. I highly recommend him because he is so good at what he does. (Google Review)
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    Judy Albury Surgery Patient
  • ★★★★★

    Outstanding. Brand new aquiles tendon.I suffered a bad tear in my aquiles tendon playing baseball. I thought I wasn't going to play again. After my surgery with Dr. Hodgkins I feel good as new! And close to be back on the field. (Google Review)
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    Marco Canada Surgery Patient
  • ★★★★★

    Dr. Hodgkins is fabulous. His expertise is unquestionable. He takes time to listen and answer all questions. He is compassionate and as gentle as possible. I’ve been to many orthopedists and without doubt he is first class. Everyone on staff is extremely pleasant, caring and efficient. Waiting time is never more than 10 minutes. I would recommend Dr. Hodgkins to anyone looking for a top notch orthopedist. (Google Review)
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    Ed Swetnick Surgery Patient
  • ★★★★★

    Never in a million years did I think I'd end up under going a major surgery to repair a complete Achilles Rupture 8 months ago. After searching for a highly qualified surgeon I elected to use Dr. Hodgkin's services and it was one of best decisions I made in my life. I have been able to regain full mobility of my leg with the expertise and recommendations from him and his team. I urge anyone I need of I highly qualified Dr. to utilize his services. (Google Review)
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    Maurice Jackson Surgery Patient
  • ★★★★★

    "I fell at home, broke my right ankle in three (3) parts and needed to be hospitalized. I had the good fortune to have Doctor Christopher Hodgkins as my orthopedic surgeon. As a doctor he shows genuine compassion and is attentive to every detail. He is honest and direct, and when it came time to explain the type of surgery and recovery process ahead for me, he was sincere and patient. He was frank in explaining the long road ahead of me and my return to my normal life, but just as he was honest he was supportive and encouraging. During my stay in the hospital, Dr. Hodgkins came by everyday to see me and check on my status. (Google Review)
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    Maria del Rosario Barake Bayona Surgery Patient
  • ★★★★★

    I cannot say enough positive things about Dr. Hodgkins and his team. My case was complicated, yet Dr. Hodgkins took his time to research and liase with other doctors to ensure I was completely safe and taken care of. He took ample time to answer all of my questions and eased my anxiety (which was a lot!). A year and a half post surgery, I am feeling great and it is all thanks to him. (Google Review)
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    Marissa C Surgery Patient
  • ★★★★★

    Dr. Hodgkins has come to my rescue again and again, starting in 2013 while I was recovering from a horrid 8 month Mersa infection. Then again in 2015 - an ankle fusion, 2017, hardware removal, and again today. My needs have ALWAYS been met with speed, care, and kindness. I can not say enoungh good things. Dr. Hodgkins and his staff.. His office is clean, friendly, and well staffed. During and after my hospital stays he would take the extra time to make sure I was comfortable and my questions answered. (Google Review)
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    Ann Richards Surgery Patient
  • ★★★★★

    Being in the Military it’s great to get the service, professionalism and coursety from Dr. Hodgkin’s and his great staff. They are “Tip of the Spear” and always getting better. Would highly recommend them and trust in their highly motivated mission. They lead by example, and will get the job done! Forget the rest, go see the best Dr.Hodgkins. Atta Boy-Doc! (Google Review)
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    Jason Marsh Surgery Patient
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