David S. Caminear

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Absorbable internal fixation is gaining acceptance among foot and ankle surgeons. While absorbable pins made of poly-L-lactic acid, polyglycolic acid, or poly-p-dioxanone are generally effective as applied in the foot, their strength loss profiles and degradation characteristics may not be optimally matched to the healing process. This study investigated a(More)
BACKGROUND The effectiveness of extracorporeal shock wave therapy in the treatment of plantar fasciitis is controversial. The objective of the present study was to test whether focused extracorporeal shock wave therapy is effective in relieving chronic heel pain diagnosed as plantar fasciitis. METHODS Two hundred and fifty subjects were enrolled in a(More)
An assay which could prospectively predict a response to chemotherapy prior to instituting therapy would be beneficial, especially for nonresponders. We evaluated at random a total of 50 patients with previously untreated stage III and IV head and neck squamous cell carcinoma for T-cell subsets and levels of circulating immune complexes (CIC). Of this group(More)
The KTP laser has been used increasingly to treat various disorders of the upper aerodigestive tract. To establish the relative safety of the endotracheal tubes that are currently available, we performed laboratory testing of these tubes by exposing them to the KTP laser in an oxygen-rich environment. Based on our observations, tubes that were all metal or(More)
A fire due to endotracheal tube (ET) ignition is a catastrophic event that may occur during laser surgery of the upper airway, regardless of the wavelength utilized. Although methods exist that permit laser surgery without an ET, this is frequently not feasible. The current investigation was undertaken to evaluate the efficacy of a double-cuffed stainless(More)
Hemangiopericytoma is a tumor of vascular origin usually found in the soft tissue. Manifestation in bone is extremely rare and are most commonly located in the pelvis and the lower extremity. This is the first case of hemangiopericytoma in the bone of the foot known to the authors. This article shows the presenting findings and the surgical treatment. At 13(More)
This study investigated the use of a bioabsorbable pin made of an oriented poly-L-lactic acid/polyglycolic acid (82:18 ratio) copolymer to fix distal chevron osteotomies in 15 patients (18 feet), with an average follow-up of 18 months. This material absorbs faster than poly-L-lactic acid and slower than poly-p-dioxanone, 2 bioabsorbable polymers that have a(More)
Although microvascular anastomoses are routinely performed with nonabsorbable sutures, a foreign body reaction can be stimulated that acts as a nidus for inflammation, infection, and possible thrombosis. Absorbable sutures should be able to diminish this reaction. There are sparse data describing the use of absorbable sutures for both arterial and venous(More)
Foot and ankle surgeons routinely perform surgery of the fi rst ray, such as correction of hallux valgus deformity. The complication rate in hallux valgus surgery ranges between 10% and 55%. 1 Although hallux valgus surgery is common, several common complications can occur that necessitate revision. There are several causes of hallux valgus surgery failure;(More)