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How can a doctor tell that the leg of a diabetic will need to be amputated?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Last resort: The complications and potential problems make amputation always the choice of last resort. Best indications are intractible pain and a functionless lower extremity that places the patient at highest risk for long term morbidity or mortality. A non-healing wound is never an indication for amputation by itself. As long as the leg is usable, a smart doctor will avoid amputation.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Many possibilities: Some indications for performing an amputation may include: cancer of the affected part, infection, sever vascular disease, gangrene, and sever structural deformities.

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Last updated Mar 28, 2014

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