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Can a person get his leg amputated because of an infected splinter?

Can a person get his leg amputated because of an infected splinter?

Unlikely: There would have to be a grossly contaminated splinter with an aggressive invasive organism that could advance fast enough in someone who had not yet sought treatment to develop a necrotizing infection or gangrene, mandating amputation. ...Read more

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Can a person get long-term nausea from a leg amputation?

Can a person get long-term nausea from a leg amputation?

No: Unless there is an ongoing issue with the amputation site (infection most likely) nausea is not related to it. Even with active issues nausea would be very rare. ...Read more

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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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What causes someone to get a leg amputation after car wreck?

What causes someone to get a leg amputation after car wreck?

Injuries: People may sustain injuries that cannot be repaired or reconstructed. In bad accidents the legs can be pinched when the motor is pushed into the cabin. ...Read more

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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes someone to get a leg amputation?

Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes someone to get a leg amputation?

Leg Amputation: Amputation is generally a treatment for extremities that are dead or dying, or have otherwise untreatable infection that may be life threatening. Causes include trauma, diabetes, vascular disease, or even tumors. ...Read more

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Could it be alright to have a leg amputated to get rid of frequent knee pain?

Could it be alright to have a leg amputated to get rid of frequent knee pain?

WOW: Amputation would be a drastic treatment for knee pain and is usually reserved for severe infection or circulation deficiency. There are many other treatments that are far more popular for knee pain...Depending on the underlying cause. ...Read more

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What other ways that a leg can get amputated because of a knee injury besides knee dislocation and how bad does it have to get? Pinching nerves?

What other ways  that a leg can get amputated because of a knee injury besides knee dislocation and how bad does it have to get? Pinching nerves?

Usually not done: There would have to be something else - not the settiin you describe. Tumors or loss of blood supply would be some that might. You can discuss these with your physician. ...Read more

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If you have a foot amputation to get rid of gangrene, will you later need a leg amputation?

If you have a foot amputation to get rid of gangrene, will you later need a leg amputation?

It is possible.: Sometime people go on to have a higher level amputation if the infection is not controlled or if the circulation is not adequate for healing to take place. ...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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Is it necessary to get a leg amputation at the mid-calf because of a very bad ankle fracture that wouldn't heal?

Is it necessary to get a leg amputation at the mid-calf because of a very bad ankle fracture that wouldn't heal?

It depends: It would have to be a quite severe fracture to need an amputation. These days an external fixator can be put on to allow healing of most comminuted really awful fractures then revisional surgery is done later. Only fractures that cut off the blood supply to the foot or have a nasty infection would need an amputation. ...Read more

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When I am on my feet for a long time i get red welts on my legs that feel warm to the touch. My concern is because my father had poor circulation in his legs, my mother had her leg amputated becaus e of poor circulation .

When I am on my feet for a long time i get red welts on my legs that feel warm to the touch. My concern is because my father had poor circulation in his legs, my mother had her leg amputated becaus e of poor circulation .

Leg : Leg symptoms that increase with standing (swelling, itching, bulging veins, pain, and--possibly--welts as you describe) suggest a problem with blood flow out of the leg. Blood gets back to the heart, against gravity, because of the pumping action of the leg veins. The system requires three things: muscle contractions, one-way valves in the veins, and an open channel for blood to flow through. Of these, the most piece that fails most often is the valves. When they let blood flow the wrong way, down the leg, you get the symptoms listed above. The best way to sort this out is to have your legs evaluated with ultrasound. An ultrasound study is really the only way to know whether the valves are working normally and whether there's some kind of blockage. ...Read more

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I have a cut under my big toenail, it's not very deep but I'm scared it will get infected and I might have to get it amputated or have to get surgery.

I have a cut under my big toenail, it's not very deep but I'm scared it will get infected and I might have to get it amputated or have to get surgery.

Get examined: If the laceration is deep or sizable get it checked out. Most likely cleansing the wound/ dressing changes on a daily basis ( if it's been 'open ' for longer than 6-8 hours) is all that it needs. Go to your Family physician or ER for evaluation and treatment.Antibiotics may be prescribed if needed but your scenario is unlikely if you have it seen. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Will a person always have to get their limbs amputated if they have neuropathy?

Will a person always have to get their limbs amputated if they have neuropathy?

No: Neuropathy on its own is not a reason for limb amputations. Neuropathy however may lead to other things such as ulcers, and poor circulation which may contribute to the need for an amputation. ...Read more

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How bad is the pain if you get amputation from the knee down?

Post-op Pain: It is common to have post operative incisional pain which is worst immediately after surgery and subsides over several weeks. Pain medication helps to manage this. Phantom pain is perceived pain in the amputated limb. People at risk for this had a lot of pain in their limb prior to the amputation. This could last for months/years. ...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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What is the probability that a person will have their leg amputated if they have diabetes?

What is the probability that a person will have their leg amputated if they have diabetes?

Uncommon: As improvement in diabetes management has occurred, the incidence of amputations has decreased. With good diabetes control, control of hypertension and cholesterol, the chance of needling amputation is very low. Smoking is a major risk factor with diabetes, and is the most important thing to avoid. ...Read more

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How long after a leg amputation should a person see an occupational therapist?

How long after a leg amputation should a person see an occupational therapist?

Not long: A leg amputation seriously impairs one's quality of life more than may be obvious. Performing the activities of daily living is central to recovery, and this is a main goal of such patients' healthcare team. As such, occupational therapy (ot) will be part of the discussion before the patient leaves the hospital. Every system is different, but ot is often available before or right after going home. ...Read more

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