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A male asked:

Will amputation help my 87 year old mom? her treatment included blood thinning medications. her toe has turned black and the her dr. says do nothing.

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Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 55 years experience
Hard decision: If she is a healthy 87 ; this is her only problem, an amputation can b considered. If she is infirm ; has comorbidities such as diabetes or peripheral vascular disease it complicates the decision. Best 2 trust ur orthopedic or general surgery consultant as the answer is not a yes or no answer.
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Dr. Thomas Inwood
Podiatry 36 years experience
Toe black: Although this sounds like gangrene and a needed amputation , it may not be necessary. Waiting does nothing wrong. As a wise man said - you can always do surgery. What you can't do is undo it. See your podiatrist also - second thoughts never hurt anyone.
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Dr. Peter Ihle
Dr. Peter Ihle commented
Orthopedic Surgery 55 years experience
No problem is so bad that it cannot B made worse by surgery. A piece of advice from my mentor.
Dec 26, 2013
Last updated Dec 26, 2013

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