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Could plastic surgery cure leprosy?

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Dr. Marcus Peterson
Plastic Surgery 37 years experience
Leprosy is bacteria: Leprosy is caused by a bacteria so you can not cure it with plastic surgery. Leprosy can leave some damaged tissue and scars once it is treated and plastic surgery can help in this setting.
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
No but treat complic: Plastic surgery cannot cure leprosy but it can treat complications of leprosy once it is cured.
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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
No: Leprosy is an infection caused by Mycobacterium leprae that requires long term treatment with more than one antibiotics and sometimes immune suppressives. Treatment should be continued for 6 months to one year or even longer. It is curable and usually will not require surgery
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Agree w earlier: responses. About 95% of people have natural immunity to Leprosy. Leprosy is a bacterial infection which is usually treated with combo of antibiotics (dapson, rifampicin or clofazimine.) If the person has been infected for a long time - they may have deformities which could be addressed through plastic surgery.
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Dr. Larry Nichter
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Plastic Surgery cannot cure leprosy but can treat many of the sequelae of leprosy including deformity, and nerve involvement.
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