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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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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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Could you need arm amputation from intravenous drug use?

Could you need arm amputation from intravenous drug use?

Yers, rare: If one were to get a severe infection from drug injection, rarely an amputation may be needed. If one accidentally injects some caustic drug into an artery, then I have also seen a rare need for amputation. I am sure that for all doctors in the us, an amputation surgery is the final last option used after all other options have failed or all other options have been exhausted. ...Read more

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Is arm amputation necessary sometimes after intravenous drug use?

Is arm amputation necessary sometimes after intravenous drug use?

Yes: Sometimes the addict accidentally injects an artery t hereby causing it to clot. This can yield immediate severe pain and eventual gangrene. Sadly, there is no way to reverse this damage -- no operation, no medicine, no therapy. The only thing to be decided is how much is amputated -- fingers, hand, wrist or forearm. ...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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Is a leg or arm amputation common in our returning vets?

Is a leg or arm amputation common in our returning vets?

Yes : Amputation is performed for injuries that reconstruction of the limb due to massive tissue damage, non repairable vascular or nerve injury and uncontrolled life treatening infections. All of which occur in war time form gunshots and bomb blasts. Pray for peace! ...Read more

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What to do if I have to have my left arm amputated?

What to do if I have to have my left arm amputated?

Adjusting.: Prosthesis could be discussed with your doctor if you are a good candidate. Occupational therapy is excellent to teach you different ways of doing things you always did to care for yourself. Discuss with your doctor about this. Physical therapy can also help with strengthening the other arm to compensate for the loss of one. ...Read more

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How long is recovery from large limb amputation? My son had his arm amputated after an accident. How long can we expect his recovery to take? .

4-6 weeks: A limb amputation is a major procedure that requires 4-6 weeks for complete recovery. If the level of amputation is at healthy tissue, the wound should heal without infection. Work closely with a prosthetist with regards to stump management, it is likely in a young person that early placement of a prosthesis is in order. Loss of an extremity can be psychologically difficult so seek counseling? ...Read more

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How long is recovery from large limb amputation? My son had his arm amputated after an accident. How long can we expect his recovery to take? . .

It depends: I am sorry to hear about your son. Most young people that sustain amputations are healthy otherwise so they heal well and relatively fast. Other injuries can complicate and delay recovery. I would expect that at most it would take two months for him to get to the point that he has a prosthesis and is using it. He might still be doing physical therapy for a period after that. ...Read more

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If u have diabetes is it dangerous to also have poor circulation in feet whilst also having mild nerve pain in legs and arm..is amputation likely?

If u have diabetes is it dangerous to also have poor circulation in feet whilst also having mild nerve pain in legs and arm..is amputation likely?

Not good combination: Think of too much sugar in your blood like maple syrup. Your blood wouldn't flow through veins and arteries as well as it should. The sugar in your blood can cause smaller blood vessels to get clogged and reduce oxygen and nutrient supply to affected areas especially small nerve endings in hands and feet. Poor circulation would only compound this problem. Tissue without oxygen will die off. ...Read more

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