Foot and ankle specialist Dr. Peter Mangone served as the Grand Rounds Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Orthopaedic Surgery on February 22, 2023. Dr. Mangone gave a talk titled “Update on Ankle Instability: Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment,” outlining innovative ways to diagnose and treat ankle injuries.
Dr. Mangone is an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon and has been practicing at EmergeOrtho—Blue Ridge Region since 1999. He sees patients in Asheville and Hendersonville, North Carolina, as the co-director of the Foot and Ankle Center.
As a leader in minimally invasive foot and ankle surgical procedures, Dr. Mangone was invited to speak to orthopedic students at the University of Pittsburgh. He shared the latest information about treating, managing, and diagnosing ankle instability.
During his talk, Dr. Mangone addressed the latest in ankle instability management, including the ArthroBrostrom technique, of which he is a co-inventor. The technique is an arthroscopic lateral ankle ligament reconstruction to correct injuries and restore ankle stability.
“The arthroscopic ligament reconstruction in the ankle requires smaller incisions than traditional open surgery and reduces healing times,” Dr. Mangone says. “These are important advances that we had already seen in other types of joint surgeries.”
Dr. Mangone and his collaborator, Dr. Jorge Acevedo, were inspired by the growing use of arthroscopic techniques in knee surgery to apply them to ankle procedures. Working with Arthrex, a medical device company, they developed instruments specifically for minimally invasive ankle surgery and ligament reconstruction.
“We typically use the arthroscopic technique and instruments for patients with recurrent ankle sprains,” says Dr. Mangone. “These are often from sports injuries that put a lot of pressure and torque on the ankle joint.”
Dr. Mangone is a foot and ankle specialist who is recognized nationally and internationally for arthroscopic and minimally invasive techniques. He helped found and is a current president of the Ankle Instability group, which is dedicated to studying and publishing advances in treatment and diagnosis. His talk during Grand Rounds at the University of Pittsburgh was one of many presentations he has made to share important innovations for patients.