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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

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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How could a knife wound in a fight cause amputation of an arm by surgeons?

Loss of Circulation: A knife wound can sever important blood vessels and muscle tissues. Infection of the site may further damage the area, leading to gangrene or life threatening infection. Sometimes amputation is the only viable option and may be life saving. ...Read more

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Can rapid amputation of your bitten arm save you from rabies, if you have no vaccine?

Can rapid amputation of your bitten arm save you from rabies, if you have no vaccine?

Maybe: The best thing to do if there is the possibility of rabies is to go to the er. Keeping the animal for testing is helpful. Amputation although it has been said to be successful soon after the infection is not commonly used. It is said it works by stopping the virus that is traveling along the nerves to the brain. ...Read more

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How do physicians dispose arms, legs, or any other extremities after an amputation?

Incineration: The specimens are typically sent to pathology for analysis after which they are sent to an incineration facility- as are most bio-hazard waste materials. ...Read more

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My left forearm was amputated 15 years ago what kind of exercises can I engage?

My left forearm was amputated 15 years ago what kind of exercises can I engage?

Look at Paralympics: The london 2012 paralympics are going on right now, august 29 - sept 9. A person missing one forearm should be able to do many sports activities, since he has the other arm and both legs. Spending some time on the internet looking at all the paralympic activities will surely reveal some exercises and sports one will like. ...Read more

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What are the levels of upper limb amputation?

Several: Upper limb amputation is unusual and can be performed at many levels: finger, below elbow, above elbow and shoulder. Where it is performed is determined by the level of circulation impairment and the level of residual function if a prosthesis is to be used. ...Read more

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How would you find a prosthetist who understands upper limb amputation?

How would you find a prosthetist who understands upper limb amputation?

ABC or BOC: Abc and boc are certifying boards for individuals in the prosthetic industry. You may find a qualified prosthetist through their directory. ...Read more

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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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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 is the rehab like after amputation?

Rehab post/amputatio: The rehab after an amputation it is always a benefit for the patient. You did not specified where (which part of the body) the amputation has been performed. And the rehabilitation must be specific for the part of the body affected. ...Read more

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How to increase bloodcirculation to prevent amputation?

How to increase bloodcirculation to prevent amputation?

See vascular doc: Doctors that specialize in circulation will evaluate your circulatory status. Sometimes testing includes pressure measurements and at times angiography. Severe arterial blockage can be treated with ballon angioplasty or surgery. There are medications that can improve the circulation as well. A supervised exercise can improve arterial circulation. ...Read more

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Why did soldiers in civil war have so many amputations?

No antibiotics: There were no antibiotics during the civil war to treat infections after a war injury. Also the current standards to prevent spreading infection from one person to the other were not in place so if an infection developed an amputation would be done to save the person. ...Read more

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What issues should an amputee consider shortly after amputation?

Look forward: Its easy to focus on what was lost, so its important to focus on how to make the most of what one has and try to do more today than they did yesterday. ...Read more

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What are the most common amputations that are performed on soldiers?

What are the most common amputations that are performed on soldiers?

Extremities: Lower leg amputations used to be the most common. As gun shot wounds, land mines and other explosive devices have gained in lethality, higher amputations have become more common. Upper extremity injuries can also lead to amputation, and these too have increased with the size of IED's. The preparedness of our military health care means more veterans are surviving, and more amputations are necessary ...Read more

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Why is amputation needed for some diabetics?

Why is amputation needed for some diabetics?

Low blood flow: Calcification & narrowing or blockage of the very smallest arteries results in low blood flow, low oxygen, and low nutrition to the site. Most common affected are feet & toes. Low blood flow, tissue trauma, skin ulcer formation & infections result in infected, dead, or gangrenous tissue at the site. Serious infections or gangrenous tissue can lead to amputation if unable to be corrected or healed. ...Read more

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Am I allowed to get 2 of my toes amputated voluntarily?

Am I allowed to get 2 of my toes amputated voluntarily?

No: I don't believe any ethical surgeon would amputate without medical reason. Why would you? ...Read more

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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?

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