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Can you tell me the pros and cons to below knee amputation?

Can you tell me the pros and cons to below knee amputation?

Depends on why.: Often amp. Is the best option in a particular patient. Mostly depends on nerves working and blood flow. If you have a lack of blood flow from trauma or disease such as diabetes this lead to infections. If trauma leaves you with a foot and no sensation or bones that can't be fixed, amp may be better. With very severe leg injuries patients are back to work/lives faster with less pain and cost w/ amp. ...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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What is the normal healing time for below knee amputation?

What is the normal healing time for below knee amputation?

Variable: Traumatic amputations in young individuals heal fairly quickly in about 4-6 weeks. If done for lack of blood supply healing can take quite a while and chances of breakdown are much more. ...Read more

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What amount of blood do you lose in a below knee amputation?

What amount of blood do you lose in a below knee amputation?

Depends: Blood loss in any surgical procedure depends on the circumstances of the surgery and the skill of the surgeon. So, it is possible to have a below the knee amputation and lose very little blood. It is also possible, especially in an emergency situation where there is already trauma, to lose a large amount of blood. In a non-emergency situation bleeding should be well controlled. ...Read more

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Can a person get an artificial leg that he can swim with after a below knee amputation?

Can a person get an artificial leg that he can swim with after a below knee amputation?

Yes: There are several prostheses specifically made for swimming. Here are a couple of links: www.Rampro.Net/info1.Htm, www.Wired.Com/magazine/2010/11/pl_designlimbs/, . ...Read more

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My son has a below knee amputation and it gets very sore and itchy, he also gets small blisters that weep, what could help him?

How long ago: I'm sorry to hear this. I'm wondering how long ago this was. If it is well healed and far removed from the operation then you should look at his prosthesis. If it is not well fitting or improperly padded there can be a break down at the amputation site. Have you discussed this with the prosthetist? ...Read more

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Alternative treatments for possible chronic bone infection in a below knee amputation?

Alternative treatments for possible chronic bone infection in a below knee amputation?

Antibiotics/ Surgery: Bone infections are difficult to treat. Antibiotics are used to try to clear the infection. If this is not successful, surgery may be needed to remove the infected portion of bone. ...Read more

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What are the alternative treatment for possible chronic bone infection in a below knee amputation?

What are the alternative treatment for possible chronic bone infection in a below knee amputation?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics are the main treatment option. If these don't work opening the area surgically and cleaning it may be necessary. In severe cases the amputation may need to be redone at a higher level. ...Read more

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What's an above the knee amputation recovery time?

Healing....recovery: You r really speaking of 2 different periods. 'healing' would be the time post op when the wound is closed, their is infection, redness, crust, satin looks like darker normal skin--month or so. Recovery is the period after major surgery that takes months to a year: rehabilitation, pt, love and support needed to achieve optimal function-the really hard work that takes enormous inner strength. ...Read more

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