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Are old people more likely to die from leg amputations?

Are old people more likely to die from leg amputations?

Yes: Older people needing amputation often have numerous medical problems including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and coronary artery disease. These conditions put them at higher risk of death compared to younger, healthier people. ...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


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Our doctor is suggesting amputation for my 69-year-old grandmother's leg deep wound. Isn't she too old for an operation?

Our doctor is suggesting amputation for my 69-year-old grandmother's leg deep wound. Isn't she too old for an operation?

Not necessarily: In medicine we make decisions based on risk assessment. If it is more risky for your grandmother to keep the leg wound than to have her leg amputated, then an amputation is the right decision. Age alone is not a contraindication to any procedure. As long as she does not have any other medical co-morbidities, surgical risks can be managed. ...Read more

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I have AVN in my right femur, tibia, and both knees. I'm 28. Am I going to have to get my legs amputated at an older age?

I have AVN in my right femur, tibia, and both knees. I'm 28. Am I going to have to get my legs amputated at an older age?

Highly unlikely: The most important question is to find out why you have AVN in multiple joints. You will then need to find an orthopaedist that will be there for you for many, many years. ...Read more

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What could cause me to still feel my amputated leg?

What could cause me to still feel my amputated leg?

Phantom pain: Phantom pain sensations are described as perceptions that an individual may experience relating to a limb that is no longer physically part of the body. ...Read more

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How is a leg amputation done?

How is a leg amputation done?

Amputation: Usually with a precise power saw. Also, reconnection of muscles to cover the stump. Length and quality of residual limb is important for good prosthetic fit. ...Read more

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What leads to a leg amputation?

What leads to a leg amputation?

Serious problems: Serious conditions such as severe infections or very low blood flow to the leg can lead to amputation. Sometimes a serious infection can get into the bone causing osteomyelityis, and sometimes antibiotics do not always work. Low blood flow risks are increased in cigarette smokers and diabetics. Ischemic or infected tissues can sometimes cause serious troubles, negatively affecting other organs. ...Read more

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Can leg amputations ever be fatal?

Can leg amputations ever be fatal?

Yes: Patients without trauma or tumors who need a major amputation typically have heart disease, diabetes, infection and other life- threatening medical issues. Because of these problems, amputation mortality rates are among the highest in the hospital. ...Read more

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What happens during a leg amputation?

What happens during a leg amputation?

All structures Cut: During a leg amputation, the surgeon starts by making a skin incision. This is designed to help in the closure of the stump. Next the muscle fascia is cut, followed by the muscles. The primary nerves, arteries and veins are then ligated ( tied off ). Next the bones are cut with a saw and the cut edges are filed down. Finally a flap of muscle tissue is used to cover the bone and the skin is closed. ...Read more

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Can a person drive after a leg amputation?

Can a person drive after a leg amputation?

Yes: Yes. With the proper set-up and training many amputees enjoy the freedom of driving! ...Read more

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Which leg diseases can cause a leg amputation?

Which leg diseases can cause a leg amputation?

Circulation/diabetes: Excluding injuries, leg amputations are mostly related to very poor leg circulation that does not respond to treatment (usually surgical) or diabetes related sores/wounds. Tumors are also possible but not as common. ...Read more

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