Dr. Laborde is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon who practices general orthopedicsat Orthopedic  Associates of New Orleans and is also the Director of Foot Surgery at LSUHSC. Dr. Laborde developed a successful treatment for diabetic foot problems which could potentially prevent up to 1 million amputations a year worldwide.

Dr. Laborde has more than 40 publications to his credit including 10 publications which deal with the treatment of forefoot ulcers with tendon lengthening.,%20MD, %20ms/curriculum-vitae.

He will share his techniques for Minimally invasive surgical re-balancing of tendons of the leg and foot for the treatment of foot pain, deformities and wounds.

He attended Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his orthopedic training at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He taught Orthopedic surgery st Vanderbilt University Medical School before returning to New Orleans in 1981, at which time he joined Orthopedic Associates of New Orleans.

Dr. Laborde has received the National United Cerebral Palsy Outstanding Community Service Award in 2000, and was elected president of the American Diabetes Association New Orleans Leadership Council in 2005. He was selected an innovator of the year by City Business Magazine in 2008 and was elected to the honorary American Orthopedic Association in 2010. Dr. Laborde is on the board of advisers of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University and is a board member of the philanthropic Almar Foundation.

Please join us at our scientific conference in New Orleans LA. January 7-9 2016.

Dr. Laborde will be joined by and international group of highly experienced foot surgeons who will take you step-by-step through minimally invasive treatments for bunions, hammertoes, plantarflexed metatarsals. Heel pain, arthritic joints, bone spurs, tarsal tunnel problems and other simple and complex foot and ankle deformities.

The conference features a cadaver lab at the Louisiana State University  medical school so attendance is limited to 60 doctors.

As always, please bring X-rays of your challenging cased. Members of the Academy will be happy to discuss them with you.

Sheldon Nadal, DPM, Vice President AAFAS

To register or for the agenda of lectures please visit our website :

The Academy of Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Surgery
3707 S Grand Blvd, Suite A
Spokane, WA 99203
P: 800-433-4892 or 509-624-1452
F: 509-624-1128

Dr Jacoby, of Scottsdale Arizona, is the past president of the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons and the Arizona Podiatry Association and is highly experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral neuropathy using the Lee Dellon decompression techniques. He will discuss the biochemistry of carbohydrate induced inflammation and how it contributes to neuropathy. He will also teach treatment of lower extremity neuropathy and heel pain using conservative techniques, injection therapies as well as minimally invasive nerve decompression in the cadaver lab.

"Dr. Jacoby has the uncanny ability to recognize relationships in seemingly unrelated fields.... Now, he ushers us into a new paradigm by "connecting the dots" for the treatment of neuropathy. "(Dr. Robert G Parker, DPM, FACFAS, FASPS, PA, Fellow of the Association of Extremities Nerve Surgeons).

Dr. Jacoby will be joined by an international group of highly experienced minimally invasive podiatric and orthopedic surgeons who will take you step-by-step through treatments for bunions, hammertoes, plantarflexed metatarsals. heel pain, arthritic joints, bone spurs, tarsal tunnel problems and other simple and complex foot and ankle deformities and other simple and complex foot and ankle deformities. 

The conference features a cadaver lab, so attendance is limited to 60 doctors. 

As always, please bring x-rays of your difficult cases. 
Members of the Academy will be happy to discuss them with you.

Sheldon Nadal DPM
Vice President, AAFAS


Many surgeons who are unfamiliar with minimally invasive bunion surgical (MIS) procedure erroneously believe that minimally invasive bunion surgeries are prone to recurrence.

This is not true. Like traditional surgery, if the proper technique is used on the appropriate patient, for the appropriate deformity, there is no reason to think that bunions will reoccur when performed with MIS.

As with traditional surgery, it is important to reduce the intermetatarsal angle, and/or the proximal articular set angle. This is usually accomplished with an appropriate osteotomy. Like traditional surgery, if you simply remove the bump and do not take the various angulational deformities into account, you will get recurrence. If the proper procedure is used and followed up with appropriate orthotics to address the biomechanical problems, there is no reason to expect a higher rate of recurrence than you will get with traditional surgery.

Below is an example of a 62 year old lady who was in to see me recently for an annual check up. I performed the right bunion in January 2007 and the left bunion surgery in January 2009. 

BEFORE         (LEFT)              AFTER                         BEFORE             (RIGHT)     AFTER                                    


In both cases, I performed a modified Wilson osteotomy, which is very similar to the Austin osteotomy, except that with the Wilson procedure, the apex of the osteotomy is proximal, whereas with the Austin, the apex of the osteotomy is distal.

This lovely lady was seen in November 2015. I am attaching the pre-op x-rays, the immediate post-op x-rays , the 1 year post-op x-rays and 8 years/6 years post-op x-rays. 

PRE-OP X-RAYS                                                                                                                 Left foot                                                                                               Right foot                                                            

IMMEDIATE POST-OP X-RAYS                                                                                         Left foot                                                                                              Right foot                                                           

1 YEAR POST OP X-RAYS                                                                                                 Left foot                                                                                              Right foot                                                             

6 YEARS POST OP X-RAYS (Left)       8 YEARS POST-OP X-RAYS (Right)             

Sheldon Nadal D.P.M 

Vice president Academy of Minimally Invasive Foot & Ankle Surgery.

MIS techniques are progressing rapidly worldwide. Currently, there are physicians tackling hard to solve foot issues utilizing percutaneous surgical correction. This includes high risk Charcot foot deformities. MIS trained physicians throughout the world are helping patients to recover from potentially devastating outcomes of neurologically induced foot deformities.


In recent months the author has  begun to employee percutaneous techniques to solve issues in patients that have only heard the option of amputation for their problem.   These patients can loose hope of keeping their extremities. Percutaneous techniques lend themselves well to these patients. Currently, the author is using MIS techniques learned from the Academy and combining tendon re-balancing procedures to achieve very effective outcomes. As you are aware traditional techniques to solve these issues are highly effective and require extensive time in the OR. Percutaneous techniques cut this valuable time in half or more. This fact alone should be of interest to those of you in the trenches.


In the coming months the author is planning more advanced percutaneous procedures involving mid foot and rearfoot osteotomies combined with percutaneous external frame applications. It is hoped that we can expand our horizon in the Academy to include training which will allow foot surgeons to incorporate percutaneous techniques in limb salvage endeavors.  The author plans to share these cases in the June 2016 cadaver seminar. 


On behalf of the Academy we want to invite limb salvage physicians to our seminars in the attitude that you can learn from us so that we can learn from you.  There is an increasing number of patients that desperately need our cooperation.  Combining our knowledge will save limbs and therefore save lives. We have an incredible calling.


Don Peacock DPM ACFAS, AAFAS (professor AAFAS)

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June 08, 2015
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