The importance of thorough dermatologic examinations and the use of the correct biopsy techniques by podiatrists when needed will be explored during Thursday’s Plenary Lecture, “Common Lower Extremity Skin Lesions and Soft Tissue Masses—Diagnosis and Treatment Options.”
Jeffrey D. Lehrman, DPM, medical director of the Crozer Center for Wound Healing in Springfield, PA, and chair of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, will use examination photos to help demonstrate the importance of not overlooking lesions or growths on the lower extremities.
“It is important to do a thorough exam to provide high-quality care and appropriately manage the risk associated with the care we provide,” said Dr. Lehrman, who also is a consultant to the APMA Health Policy and Practice Department.
When a lesion or growth is discovered, it is important to use the correct biopsy technique to determine a treatment plan.
“We will talk about which biopsy is appropriate for each type of lesion or growth—when you should punch, when you should shave, and when you should aspirate,” Dr. Lehrman said.
Besides examinations, Dr. Lehrman also will explain the use of proper ICD and CPT codes for diagnosis and treatment.
“Many in the audience may be familiar with exam and treatment information, but they may not be employing these techniques as often as they could or as often as they should,” he said.