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Preoperative Doppler Assessment for Transmetatarsal Amputation


      A thorough preoperative vascular evaluation should be performed before the initiation of any lower extremity surgical intervention, but particularly in situations of diabetic foot reconstruction with compromised blood flow. The intended emphasis of this brief report is to provide the foot and ankle surgeon with an appreciation for the clinical vascular anatomy of the transmetatarsal amputation through a handheld Doppler examination.


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