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What are the causes of someone to get a leg amputation?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Several: Trauma cancer infections atherosclerosis and gangrene diabetes and infections venous ulcers without response ( rare).
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
No Criteria: Interestingly, there are actually no specific criteria to guide doctors as to when amputation is necessary. I agree with doctor however, the expertise and knowledge of the treating physician is probably the greatest factor in amputations. I strongly recommend patients who are "sentenced" to amputation get at least 3 to 4 opinions including one from a wound care expert. We save limbs and lives.

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What can cause someone to get a leg amputation?

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