A 59-year-old male asked:
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outpatient vs inpatient fulkerson osteotomy, what is the difference?

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Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
22 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
None: The procedure for performing a fulkerson osteotomy is the same whether it is done in an outpatient or inpatient setting. Being a relatively bigger procedure, pain control is probably the main limiting factor of whether successful outpatient management can be safely performed.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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