What is an orthopedic doctor?
What education and experience does Dr. Loncarich have?
The word orthopedic refers to the bones of the body and all their associated parts such as tendons, ligaments, joints and muscles. An orthopedic doctor is an MD and brings to his practice the tremendous range of experience, observation and education that medical school includes. After medical school, Dr. Loncarich continued his education with a five year residency in orthopedics where he learned the intricacies of care for every bone and joint in the body. Dr. Loncarich then went on to complete a fellowship specializing in orthopedic care of the foot and ankle. Dr. Loncarich’s early training came through the Navy where he learned a model of care based not on profit but on the well-being of the patient.
What are my chances of needing surgery?
Can Dr. Loncarich do my surgery?
Dr. Loncarich is an orthopedic doctor with thirteen years of experience as a Houston foot and ankle surgeon. He is committed to a model of patient care that is focused on listening, understanding and responding to the needs of his patients. Most people coming to Dr. David Loncarich will be experiencing some kind of pain or potentially even a limited range of movement in the foot or ankle. Dr. Loncarich’s approach is to begin with the least invasive care possible but not to hesitate to perform surgery if that is the only real solution. His goal is to get patients back to a pain-free and active lifestyle as quickly as possible. As a Houston foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Loncarich regularly performs surgeries at Texas Orthopedic Hospital, where his office is located, and at Houston Methodist Hospital.
What can I expect when I meet with Dr. Loncarich?
Dr. Loncarich’s focus as a Houston foot and ankle surgeon is to make all his patients knowledgeable so that they will be equipped to make the best decisions about their health care. His approach is to include his patients in the process of diagnosis, discussing each aspect of his examination. He then educates each patient on what their condition is, how it developed and how various treatment approaches can improve or repair the problem. He is open about any non-surgical treatments available as well as the risks of any treatment and a realistic view of how much repair or improvement can be expected.
What kind of patients does a foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon in Houston see?
As an Orthopedic Surgeon in Houston, Dr. Loncarich sees patients with foot and ankle trauma coming from accidents or sports injuries. He also sees patients with degenerative foot concerns such as arthritis or bunions. Beyond those common complaints, Dr. Loncarich sees patients with a multitude of other foot and ankle health concerns. Often patients with more complex foot and ankle problems are referred to Dr. Loncarich by another physician. The foot and ankle are among the most complex systems in the body with more than 180 bones, joints, ligaments and muscles.
If you are experiencing pain in your feet or ankles, Dr. Loncarich looks forward to meeting you to discover the source of your pain, educate you about solutions and help you find relief.