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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
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Amputation (Overview)

Amputation is the removal of a body part due to disease or trauma. Most commonly it involves one of the limbs or part of it.


Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
960 doctors shared insights

Amputation (Overview)

Amputation is the removal of a body part due to disease or trauma. Most commonly it involves one of the limbs or part of it.


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What are the benefits of Amputation?

What are the benefits of Amputation?

That's a question-: -that can't really B answered. U do not give us the situation . If gangrenous, severely injured with compromise of circulation, a diabetic with small vessel disease. They're beneficial if there is no other way 2 save the extremity. This applies 2 arms, legs & digits. It is a hard decision @ times 4 both patients & surgeons 2 make. ...Read more

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In what way can I avoid an amputation?

In what way can I avoid an amputation?

Amputation: The single best thing that a diabetic can do to help prevent amputations is to control their blood sugar levels. The second thing is to make sure that you are checking your feet every day and are wearing appropriate foot wear and socks. Both of these things can be accomplished by finding a clinician and professional to assist you with the management of your disease. ...Read more

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How long does an amputation take to fully heal?

How long does an amputation take to fully heal?

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. ...Read more

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How long does it take to auto amputation to occur?

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. ...Read more

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How long would it take to heal after an amputation?

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: amputation?

Removal: Amputation is the removal of a body part due to disease or trauma. Most commonly it involves one of the limbs or part of it. ...Read more

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What does your body do to respond after an amputation?

The cause was worse: Hopefully now that the offending limb is gone a body's response is first of focused healing, rather than fighting the greater insult/threat of infection/gangrene/ischemia it was dealing with before the amputation. Phantom pain seems to be associated with the duration of the pain prior to amputation. Physical therapy is critical to avoiding bad habits caused by limb loss. Pursue rehab. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are you kept awake during an amputation?

Can you tell me, are you kept awake during an amputation?

Depends on the level: Toe or finger amputations may not require general anesthesia. Local anesthesia with IV sedation may be adequate. ...Read more

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How long after amputation does pain in nerve endings stop?

Depends: For some people, pain in the affected limb decreases a lot after an amputation. Surgical pain may last a few days to weeks. Others develop phantom sensation or phantom pain, feeling or pain that they perceive to be in the part of the limb that is now gone. A few may have localized pain related to a neuroma, which develops at the cut end of the divided nerve. ...Read more

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Is it possible to survive amputation without medical assistance?

Is it possible to survive amputation without medical assistance?

Unlikely: Amputations are traumatic and disrupt the arteries, nerves, veins, and soft tissues. The question of survival without assistance is really dependent on the location of an amputation. A finger amputation is not the same as a thigh or calf amputation. It is unlikely for someone to survive a thigh or calf amputation without medical assistance. There is loss of blood, fluids and a risk of infection. ...Read more

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My fiance had to have an amputation. How long would it take for the wounds to heal?

4-6 weeks: In most cases an amputation will heal in 4-6 weeks, but this can vary somewhat depending on the reason for the amputation. For example an amputation due to a traumatic injury in an otherwise healthy young person is expected to heal quicker and then an amputation in an older diabetic patient who has an amputation due to vascular disease. ...Read more

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What anesthesia is used for amputations?

What anesthesia is used for amputations?

Options exist: Depends on which part of the body needs to be amputated. For a toe amp, local anes w/ sedation may be adequate. Spinal or epidural anesthesia may be used for leg operations. If inadequate circulation of blood to the leg is the problem, and blood thinners are being used, then spinal or epidural can't be used because of risk of bleeding. General anesthesia is always possible. ...Read more

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Is the torso amputation possible to do?

Is the torso amputation possible to do?

Hemicorporectomy: First done in 1968-9 by Elliot Strong at Memorial Sloan-Kettering for invasive penile cancer. Presented as a Grand Rounds and the patient was VERY CONTENT, Here's a review: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091117102102.htm ...Read more

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