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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


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How long does an arm amputation surgery take?

How long does an arm amputation surgery take?

Variable: Length of an operative procedure depend s on various factors including the skill experience of the surgeon. An arm amputation I am assuming is done above the elbow and can be done satifactorily within an hour at the most. ...Read more

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What to do if i had partial finger amputation surgery three days ago?

What to do if i had partial finger amputation surgery three days ago?

Wound care: Swelling, avoidance of infection, follow up with your surgeon is essential for all these things. Make sure you have a timely follow up. Make sure you inderstand how the surgeon wants you to handle the surgical wounds and when anh how to resume motion of the injured and uninjured digits. ...Read more

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How much costs above knee amputation surgery nowadays?

Surgery cost: In the U.S. surgeon fees would be around 2,000 dollars and hospital fees approximately 15,000. Costs are variable depending on how long you stay in the hospital due to comorbidities and post procedure complications. People who need amputation due to atherosclerosis and diabetes typically have coexistent heart disease and should be watched carefully for post op MI, infection, atrial fibrillation ...Read more

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How should I use physical therapy to recover from amputation surgery?

How should I use physical therapy to recover from amputation surgery?

Very important: Post operative rehab is very important after amputation. I will speak to lower extremity amputation. This includes management of the surgical incision to make sure it heals, management of post op swelling which is common. Learning how to transfer with crutches or walker, beginning strengthening exercises for the legs and getting ready for eventual use of a prosthetic. A physiatrist is invaluable. ...Read more

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Hand was swollen. Is this normal three days after partial amputation surgery, what to do?

Hand was swollen. Is this normal three days after partial amputation surgery, what to do?

Very normal: If you had part of your hand amputated, i would suspect you have a lot of swelling. You need to keep the hand elevated above the level of your heart at all times, and, depending on the instructions from your surgeon, gentle motion of the hand will help hasten the resolution of swelling. ...Read more

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How successful is an arm amputation re-connection surgery, such as if you get into a bad accident?

Low: For a major limb replantation to be successful, the limb needs to be reconnected within 6 hours before significant muscle death occurs. Even then, ultimate function will depend on nerve recovery, which may be limited based on age of the patient, smoking status, and other medical problems the patient may have. ...Read more

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What percentage of diabetics who underwent toe amputation need further surgery?

What percentage of diabetics who underwent toe amputation need further surgery?

Depends: If the toe amputation can be a wake up call to control your diabetes the chance of another amp lessens. A toe amp usually occurs as a complication from uncontrolled diabetes. ...Read more

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How soon after surgery do I get my prosthetic? My amputation is coming up soon. How long after the surgery will I have to wait for my prosthetic. .

How soon after surgery do I get my prosthetic? My amputation is coming up soon. How long after the surgery will I have to wait for my prosthetic.

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Until healed: Usually six weeks is enough time if you used a stump shrinker. The important point is that the amputation is fully healed and strong enough, and that the swelling has resolved. Getting fitted when swollen will lead to a loose fitting prosthesis and problems more likely sooner than later. ...Read more

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