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When does someone get an amputation done? only if gangrene?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 50 years experience
Most of the time: Amputations are done most likely for gangrene, but also there are other.Her are they:o circulatory disorders o neoplasm o trauma o deformities o infection o athletic performance o legal punishment.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Many Reasons: Gangrene is just one of the many reasons amputations might be warranted. Other inidications are peripheral vascular disease that is resulting in poor limb perfusion (and ultimately gangrene). Infection to the bones or rapid progression of skin infection resulting in loss of the soft tissues. Trauma. Even a few nerve disorders can result in need for limb amputation.

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