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A 42-year-old member asked:

How long would it take to heal after an amputation?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Variable: What is amputated? Why? As you have seen traumatic amputations in our young, military folks heal rapidly. The older diabetic atherosclerotic ischemic person with gangrene has a more difficult time and longer.
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 14 years experience
Depends: It depends on many factors including the persons overall health and the reason for the amputation. Healing can happen in as little as 10-14 days but it can take longer for other people.
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
DIABETIC?: If due to diabetes, many factors affect healing. Presence of vascular disease, total lymphocyte count, albumin levels, control of diabetes thru A1C monitoring, your compliance post-op, DON'T SMOKE.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

How long does an amputation take to fully heal?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Patney
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Depends: That depends on several factors like medical condition, blood sugar, circulation and your definition of healing. Most below knee amputations are in a temporary prosthesis by 6-8 weeks but that can vary widely.
A 31-year-old female asked:

How long does it take to auto amputation to occur?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
That depends: ...On body part, amount of blood flow, underlying comorbid medical conditions (like diabetes, vascular disease) etc. At 110 tears old, you small toe, if gangrenous and/or ischemic, may auto-amputate quicker than another digit/body part etc. No definitive time answer for you. See the dr.

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