[FAPG] New Pre-Surgery Resource for FA Patients and Families

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From: Ronald J. Bartek


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Subject: [FAPG] New Pre-Surgery Resource for FA Patients and Families



Hello all,

Wanted you to know about an important new resource just posted on the FARA website. The new paper on "Issues to Discuss with Your Doctor Prior to Surgery in Friedreich's Ataxia" is intended to provide FA patients and patient families with extremely important pre-surgery considerations for discussions with surgeons and other consulting physicians.  The paper was drafted by one of the FA parents most experienced in this matter - Mary-Lisa Orth - and was reviewed carefully by Drs. Mark Payne, Susan Perlman, Arnulf Koeppen, David Lynch and Lance Clyde, whose comments were encorporated into the final version. 


FARA Disclaimer: The information provided in the paper should NOT be used as a substitute for seeking professional medical diagnosis, treatment, or care. You should NOT rely on any information in these pages to replace consultations with qualified health professionals. As stated above, the information presented in this document results primarily from the experiences of one FA parent now trying to be helpful to other FA families that might be facing similar procedures.  Although this information has been reviewed by a number of physicians expert in FA, FARA does not offer this information as medical advice but, rather, as the thoughtful reflections of an FA parent that you might want to consider, along with your own team of medical professionals, if your FA family is approaching a similar medical procedure.


The paper is available on the FARA website at:  http://www.curefa.org/Issues_to_Discuss_with_Your_Doctor_Prior_to_Surgery_in_Friedreich's_Ataxia_Patients_final.pdf


Along with this important new resource, you might want to read, too, the related FA primer also available on the FARA website at http://www.curefa.org/primer.html


We would like to thank Mary-Lisa for all of her diligent research and hard work developing the new paper.  We would also like to thank the devoted medical professionals who reviewed and commented on it.  We certainly hope you find the paper helpful.


Warm regards,



Ronald J. Bartek


Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA)

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