Delray Medical Center completes first partial talus replacement surgery in South Florida

Dr. Brian Coleman

Staff report

Delray Medical Center is the first South Florida hospital to complete a partial talus replacement surgery.

Dr. Brian Coleman performed the procedure at The Center for Advanced Orthopaedics at Delray Medical Center. Dr. Coleman is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, with expertise in foot and ankle surgery, sports medicine, fracture repair/reconstruction and gait (limb movement) analysis.

The partial talus replacement surgery involves a 3D talus prosthetic implant made from titanium, and coated with a titanium nitride to improve mobility in the foot. The talus connects the lower leg and foot, and is crucial for foot and ankle mobility. Talus injuries are caused by high-impact or trauma-related accidents. If there is poor oxygenated blood flow, it can lead to the eventual death of the bone known as osteonecrosis of the  talus.

“This new procedure is groundbreaking for our community, and is designed to allow patients to have normal function in the ankle and foot,” Dr. Brian Coleman said. “We are committed to performing surgical procedures in a safe and secure environment, and our community can rest assured that we have the appropriate supplies and protocols in place.”

“I would like to congratulate Dr. Coleman on his accomplishment of performing the first partial talus procedure in South Florida. Adding another first to our list of achievements is a testament to our commitment to the bringing the latest technology and treatments to Delray Medical Center,” said Maggie Gill, chief executive officer of the Palm Beach Health Network and Delray Medical Center. “We have appropriate safety protocols in place, and we are here to provide needed care for our community.”