GeriPal.org is a Geriatric Medicine Blog from the Division of Geriatrics of the University of California at San Francisco

GeriPal.org is a Geriatric Medicine Blog from the Division of Geriatrics of the University of California at San Francisco

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by: Gretchen Schwarze (Vascular Surgeon)

She seemed awfully angry and at the very least dubious that I couldn’t do more for her father. After 7 hours of surgery trying to salvage her father’s leg, I tried patiently to explain that this new (third) bypass we had just successfully completed was unlikely to provide her dad with a long-term solution. Ultimately, he would lose the leg, if we were lucky he’d have it for another year or two. Accounting for the “unlucky” side of the coin was even more depressing; immediate wound or graft infection, a postope

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