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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the alternative treatment for possible chronic bone infection in a below knee amputation?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Hyperbaric Oxygen: There have been some reports of hyperbaric oxyegen chamber as being beneficial for lower extremity wounds. This would fall into the "alternative treatment" category for osteomyelitis (bone infections).
Dr. Trent Proffitt
Vascular Surgery 25 years experience
Depends: Few options really. In acute om, may be able to salvage with hbo and long term IV antibiotics. However, in general, if the bone is infected, it is highly likely that that part of the bone will need to be resected or the bka moved to an aka.
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 14 years experience
Antibiotics: Antibiotics are the main treatment option. If these don't work opening the area surgically and cleaning it may be necessary. In severe cases the amputation may need to be redone at a higher level.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Alternative treatments for possible chronic bone infection in a below knee amputation?

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Dr. Michael McGonigal
General Surgery 40 years experience
Antibiotics/ Surgery: Bone infections are difficult to treat. Antibiotics are used to try to clear the infection. If this is not successful, surgery may be needed to remove the infected portion of bone.
Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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