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how long does an amputation take to fully heal?

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Dr. Michael Patney
Orthopedic Surgery 33 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.
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 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.

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What issues should an amputee consider shortly after amputation?

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Family Medicine 10 years experience
Phantom pains: Phantom pains are a common problem after a recent amputation. The cause is poorly understood but may be related to continued stimulation of nerves in the stump that no longer connect to the amputated structures. Although distressing, there are some good therapies that seem to help. A good support group would also likely be really helpful for this.
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What are the risks of a transmetatarsal amputation if diabetic?

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Dr. Thomas Kennedy
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Complicated: The answer to this question is complicated and is best addressed by your surgeon as part of a preoperative discussion of the risks and benefits of the surgery. Only with a detailed discussion can the potential benefits be weighed against the risks and an informed decision made.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What's a transmetatarsal amputation like?

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 14 years experience
Transmetatarsal Amp: For a transmetatarsal amputation, the front part of the foot is removed anywhere from just behind the ball of the foot to about the midpart of the arch. The bones cut through are the metatarsals and this is how this procedure garners its name. A flap is created to achieve closure of the site. Many times we add the lengthening of the achilles to reduce pressure on end of the amputation stump.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Why does everyone who has an amputation not get an artificial limb?

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Early or non healing: It could be early after the amputation or there is a problem with stump healing, infection , not fitting. Sometimes very weak patients also can't get an artificial leg
A 35-year-old member asked:

What causes diabetic to need amputation?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Low blood flow: Calcification & narrowing or blockage of the very smallest arteries results in low blood flow, low oxygen, and low nutrition to the site. Most common affected are feet & toes. Low blood flow, tissue trauma, skin ulcer formation & infections result in infected, dead, or gangrenous tissue at the site. Serious infections or gangrenous tissue can lead to amputation if unable to be corrected or healed.

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