Why The Association Of Extremity Nerve Surgeons Should Be A Clinical Interest Affiliate Group Of The APMA

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
3/10/11 | 2757 reads | 1 comments
I have been reading many of the current website/blog postings from different colleagues. Sadly, I sometimes get the impression that there is this pervasive and growing perception out there that there is more “wrong” than “right” with our profession. Some of this is simply due to the fact that no matter how great a situation is, some folks just have to complain or focus entirely on the negative. They can’t help themselves. Maybe they have a bump in their endorphin release with continued negativism? Who knows? Read More.

Balancing Our Hippocratic Oath With Risk Management Concerns In Problematic Patients

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
2/25/11 | 3177 reads | 0 comments
There is no surgeon who would not readily agree there is nothing more important than a great patient outcome. Call it that “karmic euphoric goodie” of receiving thanks — sometimes unspoken but powerfully demonstrated — from patients by seeing them relieved of the condition for which they sought your expertise. Read More.

When Treatment Goes Awry For A Painful Lesion On The Third Metatarsal Head

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
1/27/11 | 3755 reads | 3 comments
All of us get in clinical ruts and occasionally manage our clinics on autopilot. Do not let your training get in the way of your intellect and clinical observational skills. Remember, your training was only a foundation to get you to the minimum level of competency, a gateway to real surgical learning so to speak. It is your experience (perhaps the most important quality of a great surgeon) and continued desire to improve your surgical technique, preoperative diagnosis and postoperative management that will make you a true master surgeon. Read More.

Appreciating The Mentors Who Molded Our Careers

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
12/28/10 | 4327 reads | 0 comments
If you look up the definition of “mentor,” you will find several definitions. Generally, it means a “wise and trusted teacher or counselor.” Finding the right mentor can not only have a great influence on your surgical skills, it may significantly redefine your approach to patient care. Read More.

What You Missed At The Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons (AENS) Meeting

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
11/19/10 | 3690 reads | 0 comments
I recently had a great dinner in Fort Worth, Texas with 20 individuals, most of whom hold an extreme passion for lower extremity peripheral nerve surgery. There were also a few whose “seed for nerve passion” was just planted. It is always great to have a mix of weathered peripheral nerve veterans with excited neophytes because they ask fresh questions. Read More.

Reconsidering Foreign Advances In Minimally Invasive Surgery

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
10/8/10 | 4434 reads | 3 comments
I recently returned from nearly three weeks of travel, study and surgical observation in Europe. The trip began with an opportunity to participate in the European Foot and Ankle Society Biennial Congress in Geneva, Switzerland. This was followed by additional meetings in Austria to visit with orthopedic surgeons and three days of surgery in Barcelona, Spain. Read More.

Overcoming Podiatric Dogma On Neuromas And Peripheral Nerve Surgery

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
9/13/10 | 39771 reads | 0 comments
Unfortunately, there is still a widespread reluctance to accept the undeniable truth that a “Morton’s neuroma” is nothing more than a peripheral nerve entrapment. However, I think there is more of a universal acceptance that when you cut out a Morton’s entrapment, the patient will end up with a recurrent Morton’s neuroma.1,2 Read More.

A Closer Look At Emerging ‘Gadgets’ That May Help Reduce Post-Op Pain And Edema

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
8/3/10 | 3962 reads | 3 comments
I love gadgets. Admittedly, with most of them, I can only achieve about 10 percent functionality after my struggling ascent up the learning curve after purchasing them. However, I do love to buy them. Gadgets are opiates for some. Read More.

Emphasizing The Value Of Redundancy In Podiatric Surgery

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
7/22/10 | 2237 reads | 1 comments
Redundancy is great in almost every discipline and profession. Perhaps the only time it is probably not good is in the domestic arena. For example, you may be engrossed by the important playoff game on your large flat panel HD screen and your spouse keeps reminding/asking you to do something that you really do not want to do — in fact you can’t — because you are hypnotized. Read More.