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How do physicians determine whether the leg of a diabetic will need to be amputated?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Infection: Amputaions are only recommended if the patient has gangrene which has fully demarcated or if there is an infection which can not be successfully treated medically (with antibiotics / local wound care).
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Vascular Surgery 29 years experience
Very complex: This is a very complex problem that takes into consideration a great number of variables prior to making a decision to amputate. Generally the only absolute indication to amputate an extremity is that it is no longer viable and poses a risk to the patients life. This occurs in the case of an grossly infected gangrenous leg that is causing life to be in jeopardy.

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Last updated Oct 23, 2017

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