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Can leg gangrene noticed in initial stage be cured without amputation?

Can leg gangrene noticed in initial stage be cured without amputation?

Initial stage: It is possible but depends on what you mean by "initial stage". Gangrene can occur from many different reasons (vascular disease, severe infection, etc) so treating the underlying cause may help stop the spread, but it really depends what you mean by "initial stage". Best of luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Dickson
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Gangrene (Definition)

Gangrene is the natural end outcome for irreversible tissue ischemia, characterized by tissue infarction, liquefactive or dry necrosis, and infection with multiple bacterial organisms. Usually a result of loss of arterial oxygenated blood ...Read more


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If you have a foot amputation to get rid of gangrene, will you later need a leg amputation?

If you have a foot amputation to get rid of gangrene, will you later need a leg amputation?

It is possible.: Sometime people go on to have a higher level amputation if the infection is not controlled or if the circulation is not adequate for healing to take place. ...Read more

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Im Diabateic on dialysis Just had below knee leg amputation because of wet gangrene, can I apply manuka honey dressing on amputation wound for healing?

Im Diabateic on dialysis Just had below knee leg amputation because of wet gangrene, can I apply manuka honey dressing on amputation wound for healing?

Yes but: in general yes, depend do you have an open wound or the wound is closed and you want to speed up the healing because of your diabetes, actually honey dressing have been very popular for wound healing. It is always better to check with the surgeons that performed the surgery to make sure that there is no objection. ...Read more

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Mother, 66, had gangrene/ partial foot amputation, is not diabetic, had 3 stents in her legs due to poor circulation & heavy smoker. Life expectancy?

Statistically...: Unfortunately, these effects you describe don't just have an effect on the feet and legs. The effect vital organs are effected as well. 5 years has been reported as an expected life span after an amputation, but this is just an average. It could be more or less depending on many other lifestyle factors. ...Read more

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My mother has both femurs broken, significant blood loss, blood clots in her legs. How long before amputation or gangreane ? Diabetic, on dialysis for seven years, paralized from a stroke. It was 10 days before the breaks were found on xrays. Blood oole

My mother has both femurs broken, significant blood loss, blood clots in her legs. How long before amputation or gangreane ? Diabetic, on dialysis for seven years, paralized from a stroke.  It was 10 days before the breaks were found on xrays.  Blood oole

Variable.: She may not develop gangrene and she may not need an amputation. If would be difficult to predict such a thing without an actual physical exam and evaluation of clinical tests. Discuss her case with her physician, and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Why do physicians amputate your limbs if you have gangrene?

Why do physicians amputate your limbs if you have gangrene?

Risk of Infection: Leaving a gangrenous portion of limb poses a high risk for infection and sepsis. ...Read more

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What are effective treatments to gangrene besides amputation?

Gangrene: Is irreversible but to heal above it you need blood supply. In patients with toe gangrene and perfusion pressure of less than 40 mm hg a mid foot amputation, a b-k amputation will fail. With revasculaization even the foot could be salvaged and a mid foot amputation does not require prosthesis. ...Read more

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What happens if a type 2 diabetic with gangrene refuses amputation?

What happens if a type 2 diabetic with gangrene refuses amputation?

Wet or dry: If it is wet gangrene (infected) it can cause sepsis and death. If it is dry gangrene, it can be monitored closely and you can live with it as long as it doesn't convert to wet gangrene. Gangrene is dead tissue, bacteria loves dead tissue- so dry gangrene is a nidus for infection. Talk with your doctors to help weigh the specific risks, benefits, consequences and overall prognosis. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez
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Amputation (Definition)

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