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Discussion in 'Podiatry Students' started by anxietypeaker, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. anxietypeaker

    anxietypeaker Senior Member
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    Jun 18, 2005
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    hello, was wondering if people out there can tell me the names of the different surgeries a podiatrist carries out (and if you can rank them from most difficult to least difficult, it would be nice...just a GENERAL trend). the more specific the name the better it is (ie instead of bunion surgery, say head osteotomy, lapidus). thanks everyone.
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  2. dpmgrad

    dpmgrad Senior Member
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    May 17, 2005
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    I am not sure exactly what kind of information you are looking for with exact name of procedures. Unless you a Podiatrist or an Orthopedic Surgeon, the exact name of the procedures do not mean anything to you. For example, you had mentioned the Lapidus procedure. Most of the non-Podiatrist / Orthopedic Surgeon would not know what a Lapidus procedure. However, if you said it was the fusion of the 1st Metatarsal and Medial Cuneiform, most of the medical professional would understand that. To complicate things further, sometimes there are two different name for the exact same procedure. For example, a distal head V ostetomy of the first metatarsal bone would be called an Austin Bunionectomy in the Podiatry world but is called a Chevron Bunionectomy in the Orthopedics world. Podiatric Surgeons do a variety of procedures ranging from forefoot surgery to reconstructive rearfoot surgery, depending on his/her training. In general, the forefoot procedures are not as involved as the rearfoot procedures. However, there is quite a bit of exceptions to this rule. Simpler procedures include Nail Matrixectomy, Arthroplasty, Skin lesion excision. More complex procedures include Pantalar Arthrodesis, Limb Deformity Correction with External Fixators. Since Podiatric Surgeons are capable of performing so many different procedures involving the foot and ankle (lower leg in some states), it would be a daunting task to list all of the procedures that a Podiatric Surgeon would do. Podiatric Surgeons in certain states may be restricted as to what kind of rearfoot procedure they can or can not do due to State law restrictions.
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