Doctor Krawczuk is a member of the Polish Foot and Ankle Society. Every 18 months, this society organizes scientific conferences aimed at broadening its members’ knowledge of foot and ankle disorders. In the second half of October, doctor Krawczuk not only enjoyed the healing properties of iodine on Baltic beaches in Jastarnia, but, more importantly, acquired a substantial amount of knowledge on treatment of congenital, acquired or post-traumatic foot conditions. In addition, eminent orthopaedists - from Germany, Switzerland and France - discussed the latest operative techniques of the said conditions, and presented positive results of their studies. In just a few days, there was also enough time for discussions of interesting medical problems associated with treatment of bunion (hallux valgus) - one of dr. Krawczuk’s specializations. The event turned out to be a great opportunity to exchange insights within the international circle of orthopaedists, and foster professional integration within the Polish Foot and Ankle Society.
It has been just a little over 3 weeks since the last training, and in the meantime, Dr. Krawczuk received yet another certificate validating his unflagging commitment to further develop his skills. From 5th to 7th October, Dr. Krawczuk took part in the 9th edition of the International Symposium Knee Prosthetic Arthroplasty. Doctors and experts from all over the world shared the latest surgical treatment methods and procedures for various knee conditions. Individual sessions of the intensive program of this international symposium were interleaved with extraordinary presentations and examples from the operating rooms from all over Europe and the United States. The weekend conference turned out to be a real treasure trove of knowledge about the latest surgical techniques and an opportunity to improve surgical expertise.
The surgeon's job does not end after the surgery. As a surgeon, not only does one have to be the best in one's field, but most importantly one has to work hard to hone one's skills. Dr. Krawczuk constantly develops his professional competencies in orthopedics by participating in professional conferences focused on intricate orthopedic issues. In the first half of September, Dr. Krawczuk took an active part in a foreign training covering a highly specjalized field of - knee revision. It should be emphasized that this symposium was significantly different than other similar events, since the organizers aimed to engage the participants at the Zimmer Biomet Institute - in a spirited brainstorming session. The unique formula of this event required the surgeons from all over the world - working together in small groups corresponding to the teams working in the actual hospital environment - to diagnose a specific and very complex medical problem. The task required all the participants to work together and share their individual ideas to: make a correct diagnosis and propose a treatment procedure or method that would guarantee a complete recovery of the patient. Without a doubt - this approach seems much more captivating than traditional lectures.
With a developing deformity and increasing pain, surgery is the only effective treatment for
hallux valgus. As a result, many patients suffering from the hallux valgus might be interested
in how long does the follow-up treatment last and what stages are involved.
Dr. Krawczuk is an expert in foot surgery and regularly meets patients at various stages of recovery after the hallux valgus surgery. Courtesy of one of the Patients who underwent surgical correction of hallux valgus under the watchful eye of Dr. Krawczuk in 2014, we were able to use the photographs to illustrate and investigate the phases of the healing process of postoperative wounds and the final recovery of the foot.
• Picture 1 – Right foot before removing the visible hallux valgus
• Picture 2 – The day of surgery - immediately after the surgery, start the exercises of the tarsal joint and the toes and wear special wedge-heeled shoes for 6 weeks
• Picture 3 – 1 week after surgery
• Picture 4 – 2 weeks after surgery, first follow-up visit after surgery and removing the stitches - use water massages and soaking; follow-up visit 6 weeks after surgery and 3 months after surgery
• Picture 5 – Following a successful surgery, the patient can now take full advantage of the summer