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10/13/2021    

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From: Bryan C Markinson, DPM


 


Sometimes when one wants to catalogue their experience to make a point, exaggeration of such, (usually unintentional), ultimately impugns their credibility. Dr. Abbott (in a thread about the complications of ingrown toenail surgery), claims to have under his belt "tens of thousands of these procedures over the span of a 30 plus years career" when discussing his experience with risks and complications of surgical intervention of ingrown toenails. 


 


At a conservative interpretation of these numbers, "tens of thousands" is a minimum of 20,000 and he would have us believe that it could be 30,000. So just in that range, over 30 years, assuming working 52 weeks a year, 7 days a week, he has done between 13 and 20 permanent ingrown toenail surgeries every week, or 675 to 1,040 procedures annually. His main point is that risks and complications are minimal, which I think most podiatrists would agree with. But I wonder what I might be missing if my very busy practice leads me to the performance of a permanent ingrown toenail correction by any method only 5 to 10 times a month, instead of 50 to 80.


 


Bryan C Markinson, DPM, NY, NY

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