Keys To Preventing Tree Stand Injuries In Hunters

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
9/16/14 | 357 reads | 0 comments
As fall approaches, so does hunting season. Many hunters climb trees to gain an advantage and at 15 to 30 feet in the air, fall injuries are a major risk. Foot and ankle injuries are common among these tree stand hunters. Read More.

Are We Done With K-Wires For Hammertoe Fixation?

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
6/9/14 | 1169 reads | 2 comments
Are K-wires still the standard of care for hammertoe proximal interphalangeal joint (PIPJ) fusion? Coughlin and coworkers found an 81 percent successful rate of PIPJ fusion in 118 toes using K-wire fixation.1 Lamm and colleagues similarly showed a 20 percent nonunion rate with PIPJ fusion and K-wire fixation.2 It seems that we should not be satisfied with any operation yielding a 20 percent failure rate. Read More.

Why Future Podiatrists Need Our Mentoring

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
3/4/14 | 1586 reads | 0 comments
This month’s blog comes courtesy of Garret Strand, a first-year podiatric medical student at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. His commentary emphasizes the importance of why all of us who are established in the profession should take the opportunity to mentor the podiatrists of tomorrow. — Bradly Bussewitz, DPM Read More.

A Closer Look At Clinical Practice Guidelines For Antimicrobial Prophylaxis In Surgery

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
12/13/13 | 5004 reads | 0 comments
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Surgical Infection Society, and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America provide practitioners with a standardized approach to the rational, safe and effective use of antimicrobial agents for the prevention of surgical site infections (SSIs). The guideline is based on currently available clinical evidence and emerging issues. I will take this opportunity to briefly remind foot and ankle surgeons of some findings within this 2013 report.1 Read More.

Pertinent Insights On Arthroscopic Ankle Synovectomy And OCD Drilling

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
9/13/13 | 4316 reads | 0 comments
Ankle arthroscopy is a valuable minimally invasive modality to perform diagnosis and therapeutic treatment to the ankle joint. Acute and chronic ankle injuries can lead to synovitis and cartilage defects requiring surgical treatment. There are some general approaches that can be useful to the surgeon who has not become completely comfortable maximizing his or her arthroscopy skills. Read More.

A Refresher On Obtaining Informed Consent From Patients

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
6/12/13 | 2722 reads | 0 comments
During my podiatric surgical training, I noticed a difference in approaches to surgical informed consent. Some may cut the consent process short to save time whereas others may cut it short to prevent patient worry or stress. Some surgeons may provide an exhaustive list of potential complications, thus overburdening the patient’s ability to process and make decisions. Clearly, obtaining consent to perform surgery on our patients is a critical process. Accordingly, let us take a closer look at key requirements on informed consent. Read More.

What You Can Get Out Of The ACFAS Conference And Other Scientific Meetings

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
2/8/13 | 2391 reads | 0 comments
I have been attending the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Annual Scientific Conference for the past five years. Next week, I will attend my sixth ACFAS conference. I am looking forward to the meeting on many levels. My experience at the conference in years past has been positive and this year's event is likely to live up to past conferences. Read More.

Can Ambulatory Surgical Centers Still Be A Good Investment?

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
1/10/13 | 3794 reads | 1 comments
Ambulatory surgical centers can still be profitable. In some areas of the country, the rate of return is better than for most other investment opportunities. The potential exists to generate one's own business and recoup more of the money that reimbursement cuts have taken. Read More.

Should Young Doctors Pay Down Loans Or Invest In Retirement?

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
11/9/12 | 3681 reads | 0 comments
How should I invest my money? The options are loan repayment, mortgage, car loans, stocks, bonds, 401k, IRA and partnership buy-ins. There are too many options and too many variables for a cookie cutter approach. The answer is not straightforward. It depends on a host of things such as income, debt, lifestyle, one’s feelings about debt and feelings toward savings. The answer is to do what you were trained to do, treat the foot and ankle, and seek financial guidance from someone you can trust. Read More.