Dr. Lawrence Schmetterer MD FACS Thoracic & Vascular Surgery shares his perspective of life in a community hospital during this unprecedented time.   ABOUT SCHMETTERER M.D. Lawrence Schmetterer, M.D., F.A.C.S. is one of the top and most trusted vascular surgeons in Youngstown and Warren, Ohio. He’s been practicing medicine for over 34-years and sees patients…

Dr. Lawrence Schmetterer MD FACS Thoracic & Vascular Surgery discusses a procedure used to restore blood flow to the lower leg called a “FemPop” bypass. He talks about when a doctor may decide this is the next best option when all endovascular techniques are exhausted. He also shares what questions to ask your doctor before…

Got sore legs? Leg cramps? Cold feet? Thoracic and Vascular Surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Schmetterer from Ohio, describes the different imaging options to discuss with your doctor to determine if you have blocked arteries in your legs (Peripheral Artery Disease | PAD) and have a productive discussion on the locations of those lesions restricting blood flow…

Dr. Lawrence Schmetterer: New Information for Patients Our patients are very important to us! Many have serious health concerns that require expeditious evaluation and management, in many cases requiring outpatient or inpatient surgical procedures. In the best interests of our patients, and in consideration of the current public health concerns and advisories regarding the COVID19…

In my practice, the most common reasons for a patient referral are leg pain and swelling.  So many people have problems with their legs, but often these difficulties seem to take a back seat to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and other serious health issues.  Many times patients hesitate to mention these problems to…

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In my profession, there are everyday challenges that I come face as I care for patients and navigate through the world of healthcare. Some days, I find myself exhausted from the physical, mental and emotional toll it takes, both on me and my patients. When I am done, I am able to return home to…

Imagine a submarine holding a team of scientists and physicians reduced to the size off red blood cells and then injected into a patient’s body in order to perform lifesaving brain surgery. This was the story told in the motion picture Fantastic Voyage in 1966. It offered first time views of what areas of the…

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