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Patrick DeHeer, DPM, FACFAS, offers essential step-by-step pearls on performing a first MPJ arthrodesis. Since he started using dorsal locking plates, Dr. DeHeer notes that he has seen fewer complications than in the past with this procedure.

Dr. DeHeer is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle  Surgeons, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is also a team podiatrist for the Indiana Pacers and the Indiana  Fever. Dr. DeHeer is in private practice with various offices in Indianapolis.

For a related article from Podiatry Today, see “Point-Counterpoint: Are Locking Plates Necessary For First MPJ Fusion?” from the June 2011 issue at http://www.podiatrytoday.com/point-counterpoint-are-locking-plates-necessary-first-mpj-fusion .

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Presented by Patrick DeHeer, DPM, FACFAS
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