When Wounds Require Multidisciplinary Care

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When Wounds Require Multidisciplinary Care
When Wounds Require Multidisciplinary Care
This 56-year-old diabetic patient presented with multiple digital gangrene and underlying necrosis. She had severe peripheral vascular disease with multiple vessel occlusion and stenosis.
A 72-year-old male presented with a wound that had recently developed on his right great toe. His physician had been managing the wound until it developed a large eschar and infection with drainage.
Here one can see a healthy wound in the same patient with adequate perfusion after he underwent a lower extremity bypass on the right leg and a  subsequent escharotomy.
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By Eric H. Espensen, DPM

   Having had the opportunity to oversee a diabetic foot clinic for the last two years has allowed me to witness firsthand how challenging it is to treat. I have been fortunate to be involved in the multidisciplinary team of physicians who have cared for these patients and continue to enjoy the challenge that caring for the diabetic foot presents.

Dr. Espensen currently serves as Section Chair and Chief of Podiatry at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. He also serves as Associate Director and Director of Research at the Providence Diabetic Foot Center. Along with maintaining a private practice in Burbank, Calif., he serves as contributing editor and consultant for several medical journals and companies. He continues to lecture regularly on the diabetic foot both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Steinberg is a faculty member of the Department of Surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.




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