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Dr. Damon Combs, Foot and Ankle Surgeon
Joins South Hills Orthopaedic Surgery Associates
By Daniel Casciato

Dr. Damon Combs will soon be helping many Pittsburgh residents get back on their feet faster. The new foot and ankle surgeon at South Hills Orthopaedic Surgery Associates was recently hired to join the Mt. Lebanon-based practice.

South Hills Orthopaedic Surgery Associates is a well established practice that provides patient care in all realms of orthopaedics. Their current practice is comprised of a general orthopaedic surgeon, a spinal surgeon, a hand surgeon, a sports medicine surgeon, as well as a foot and ankle surgeon. "It is an honor and privilege to join such a well established and well respected practice," says Dr. Combs.

Dr. Combs is a podiatrist by training but also has additional orthopaedic fellowship training.

"Having the opportunity to complete an orthopaedic fellowship has given me the advantage of learning both the podiatric and orthopeadic perspective on the foot and ankle," he says, adding that this training will help provide both conservative and surgical options to his patients.

Orthopaedics is the medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and diseases of your body's musculoskeletal system of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles.

"From the wide array of physicians available, we can handle any problems that come from an orthopaedic standpoint," says Dr. Combs.

Dr. Combs specializes in the care of the body's musculoskeletal system, made up of bones and joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and nerves, which work together to allow people to move and be active.

Patients with any types of foot or ankle complaints are encouraged to visit Dr. Combs. Some of the more common conditions include bunions, heel pain, ankle sprains, arthritis, flatfeet and fractures.

"There are times patients could avoid surgery if seen early for a condition, but often, patients hope the problem will go away, leading to a more severe condition resulting in surgical intervention," he says.

If conservative therapy fails, surgical options then will be explored. Dr. Combs has been well trained to treat conditions requiring surgery of the lower extremity. His surgical training has ranged from bunions, ligament or tendon injuries, fractures, reconstructive surgery, and arthroscopic surgery.

"When surgery is warranted, I feel my training has prepared me to treat the need of my patients. The hopes are to provide someone with a better quality of life, allowing someone to return to activities they enjoy," says Dr. Combs. "I chose this specialty because I can focus on patient care and to hopefully give someone a better quality of life."

  • Hometown: Brookville, Ohio
  • Education: Bachelor's in Biology at Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH; The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine; Residency and Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Proudest Accomplishment: Completing medical school and my training
  • Most Valuable Lesson: Listening to patient's specific needs and addressing these needs accordingly that helps coordinate a treatment plan and allows me to dictate what needs to be done next
  • Person You Most Admire: My parents
  • Current Place of Residence: Carnegie

For more information, call (412) 429-0880 or visit www.southhillsortho.com

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