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Reconstructive Surgery


Board Certified Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Podiatry located in Palm Desert, CA & Indio, CA

Finding out that you need reconstructive surgery can certainly be overwhelming. But with board-certified podiatrist, Ben Wehrli, DPM, of Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute on your side, you can undergo minimally invasive procedures, so you have a faster recovery. Book your reconstructive surgery consultation at this Rancho Mirage, California, podiatry practice today. Click on the online scheduler, or call the clinic directly.

Reconstructive Surgery Q & A

Why do I need reconstructive surgery?

In most cases, reconstructive surgery is reserved for cases when you just don’t respond to conservative treatments or for when you have an ailment that’s more severe in nature. Reconstructive surgery might be right for you if you have:

  • Bunions or hammertoes
  • Congenital defects
  • Arthritis damage
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bone fractures
  • Tumors or lesions
  • Flat feet or high arches


Reconstructive surgery might also be necessary if you have to undergo a toe or foot amputation, due to a severe diabetic wound infection or other serious issues.

What happens during reconstructive surgery?

Your reconstructive surgery procedure with the board-certified foot and ankle surgeons at Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute is personalized to you and your condition. Most reconstructive foot and ankle surgeries are performed in an outpatient setting while you’re under general anesthesia.

Depending on your condition, your reconstructive foot and ankle surgery can include:

  • Bone fusing or grafting
  • Skin or soft tissue repair
  • Removal of damaged tissues
  • Placement of pins, screws, or plates


The podiatry team also specialize in total ankle replacement procedures with the revolutionary Stryker Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement (STAR™) system, which utilizes a mobile bearing for superior postsurgical ankle function. Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute was the first practice in the valley to perform STAR procedures.

How long is the recovery after reconstructive surgery?

Your recovery time after reconstructive foot and ankle surgery just depends on your specific procedure. After surgery, you might need a cast or boot to support your treated foot, in addition to crutches or a cane to help you get around.

Depending on your specific surgery, thanks to advancements in minimally invasive techniques, you can start returning to many of your regular activities in the first six to eight weeks. It can take up to about 12 weeks to expect a full recovery for more complex procedures, but your podiatrist lets you know ahead of time.

The reconstructive surgery results produced by the specialists at Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute are so successful, they have caught the attention of surgeons around the country. So no matter how complex your reconstructive surgery may be, you can feel confident that you’re going to have an improvement afterward.

If you had an injury or know you need reconstructive foot or ankle surgery, book an evaluation at Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute. Schedule online or over the phone.