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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes someone to get a leg amputation?

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Dr. Stephen Colbert
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Leg Amputation: Amputation is generally a treatment for extremities that are dead or dying, or have otherwise untreatable infection that may be life threatening. Causes include trauma, diabetes, vascular disease, or even tumors.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Many possibilities: Some indications for performing an amputation may include: cancer of the affected part, infection, poor circulation, gangrene, and sever structural deformities.
Dr. Mak Yousefpour
Podiatry 18 years experience
Lots causes: Amputation usually come about when there is compromise in circulation or possible infections. When there is no blood flow through out leg, then the limb starts to die and needs to be amputated. Otherwise this will possibly lead to further complications.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What causes someone to get a leg amputation after car wreck?

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Dr. Ralph Salvagno
Orthopedic Surgery 39 years experience
Complex injury: Although there can be several reasons, the most common cause is severe non repairable injury to the blood vessels that supply the leg. Sometimes severe nerve injury or loss of muscle and tissue can be the reason for amputation. A severe infection can be the reason for a amputation after an attempt to save a limb after a severe leg injury.

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