Limb Salvage Continuum of Care Skills Course:

Prevention, Intervention and Post-Surgical Management of Amputations

Desert Foot has always been in the forefront of preventing complications of the lower limb for patients with diabetes. However, it is not infrequent that the patient succumbs to ischemia, infection with resultant tissue loss, and the best course of action, the healthiest course for the patient, is amputation. Desert Foot has long featured lectures on amputation evaluation, prevention and medical/surgical intervention. This year, after a hard fought battle, the Arizona Podiatric Medical Association (AzPMA) was successful in getting the podiatrist’s scope of practice expanded to include foot amputations. In response to this new area of practice, and in conjunction with the AzPMA, we have created a dedicated Limb Salvage Continuum of Care Skills Course, which includes the prevention, intervention and post-surgical management of amputations. This course will be presented in its entirety on Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 7AM – 4PM. Though the course was created for the new needs of AzPMA podiatrists, all with an interest in this area of podiatric practice are welcomed to attend. This course will include didactic lectures followed by hands-on skills labs. Those attending this session on Saturday, in addition to earning the usual CME, will receive an additional Certificate of Completion, which may prove useful when applying for surgical privileges to perform these procedures.

Letter to AzPMA Members

Dear AzPMA Members,

As you know, we’ve been successful this year in getting our scope of practice expanded to include amputations of the foot. The Fifty-third Legislature passed Senate Bill 1235 expanding the scope of practice for podiatry to now include foot amputation (but does not include amputation of the leg or entire foot). Effective August 8, 2017, with the new amputation law now in effect, the Desert Foot Conference decided to be the first to offer a dedicated nuts and bolts instructional course on indications, techniques, and complications pertaining to forefoot amputations. This will be just the first of many such programs they will offer.

We invite you to participate in this as well as the other seminar programs at the Desert Foot Conference, at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix Nov 29-Dec 2. The Limb Salvage Continuum of Care Skills Course will take place Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 7AM-4PM. You may review the agenda below.

Each Desert Foot attendee who attends this session will receive an additional certificate, along with the standard conference CME certificate, attesting to their having attended this special course. This may help you when you apply for privileges to do amputation procedures at the hospitals at which you are on staff. This is not a guarantee of privileges, as each hospital has it’s own credentialing guidelines and process.

Of course, we are always open to suggestions as to how we might better serve AzPMA’s members’ needs. Let’s make this course a great success as we strive to improve our clinical acumen and surgical skills in the discipline of High Risk Foot and Limb Salvage.

REMEMBER: All AzPMA Members get discounted registration to the Desert Foot Conference and there is no additional fee for the Limb Salvage Continuum of Care Skills Course. Take advantage of this exceptional offer now by visiting and clicking on Register (at the top of the page). Then click on “New Registration,” select your category (Attendee), enter your email address, and in the ID Code box, enter: AZPMA99 and hit continue. Then follow the on-screen instructions to complete your $99 registration and reserve your hotel room, if needed.

Best Regards,

Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH
Chairman, Desert Foot Conference 2017
Alan Discont, DPM,FACFAS
President, Arizona PMA

2017 Limb Salvage Continuum of Care Skills Course:
Prevention, Intervention and Post-Surgical Management of Amputations Agenda
December 2, 2017

6:55 - 7:00 AM

Arthur Tallis, DPM
7:00 - 7:30 AM
Epidemiology of the Diabetic Foot
Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH
7:30 - 8:00 AM
Pre-Operative Assessment - Can this Heal?
Chuck Andersen, MD
8:00 - 8:30 AM
The Decision to Salvage or Amputate
Mario Ponticelli, DPM
8:30 - 9:00 AM
Diabetes Complications and Amputation Prevention
Lee Rogers, DPM
9:00 - 9:30 AM
Surgical Management of Diabetic Foot Infections
Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH
9:30 - 10:00 AM
Toe Amputations
Devin Bland, DPM
10:00 - 10:30 AM
Break & Visit Exhibitors
10:30 - 11:00 AM
Ray Amputations
Jacklyn Marino, DPM, PhD
11:00 - 11:30 AM
Transmetatarsal Amputations: Indications / Techniques
Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Managing Complications - The Key to Success
Myron Hansen, DPM
12:00 - 12:30 PM
Use of Amniotic Tissue in Limb Preservation
Kerry Zang, DPM
12:30 - 1:00 PM
Bring Your Cases -Ask The Experts - Panel Discussion
Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH
1:00 - 2:00 PM
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Hands-on Workshops