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Blog posts tagged with 'foot surgery'

Anticoagulation therapy and foot surgery – how do you safely discontinue anticoagulation treatment?

How risky is it to stop Coumadin prior to elective foot surgery?erythrocytes

Anticoagulation therapy is used for a number of conditions including atrial fibrillation, history of deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and vascular implants and in cases of clotting disorders that result in thrombocytosis (elevated platel...

A Dose of My Own Medicine

Lessons learned from a foot surgeon undergoing foot surgeryDr. Oster

One of the factors that motivated me to go into podiatry as a young man was in fact a bit personal.  Being born with bilateral club feet, I felt I might have a little more empathy for folks who suffered from foot and ankle pain.  It’s bee...

When and why do you cancel surgery?

I'm on call this week for our hospital's Critical Limb Care program. First thing Monday morning I had a call from a cardiologist who wanted to know whether to proceed or cancel an angioplasty (PCA). The case was an ablation of the right atrium. The problem was that the patient presented with a mid shin wound that had been present for 3 weeks. The question at hand was whether the wound was infected and would contaminate the procedure. "What should I do? Cancel the case?"