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Can you explain the difference between leg amputation at or above the knee?

Similar: Amputations at the level of the knee (thru the knee joint) are uncommon in adults as the function of the knee is lost and it is difficult to fit with a prosthetic knee. Must commonly amputations are done above the knee (transfemoral). If possible it is good to try to save the knee with a below the knee amputation as it is easier to walk and it takes much less energy that above the knee. ...Read more

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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
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Amputation (Definition)

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Can u do the amputation of the foot and have him do bone surgery or would u amputate from below the knee?

Can u do the amputation of the foot and have him do bone surgery or would u amputate from below the knee?

Yes ; Yes to both --: Questions, but it would depend on the presentation, findings on examination, presence of vascularity or not, other conditions like diabetes, hx of smoking, skin condition of the foot, any sores/ulcers present, etc. If the problem is in the foot only with no other conditions that can affect the result, then a foot amputation will be the way to go; otherwise a bka is more appropriate. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between sciatica and a blood clot? If there is no back or hip pain, just leg pain above the knee. Ty

How can you tell the difference between sciatica and a blood clot? If there is no back or hip pain, just leg pain above the knee. Ty

Generally you can't: Unless you have a fever or swollen limb which may suggest a clot more than sciatica otherwise not very specific. I would suggest ruling out the clot first and then workup the sciatica issue afterwards. ...Read more

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What happens during an above the knee amputation to your leg?

What happens during an above the knee amputation to your leg?

The knee is removed.: A bk amputation allows saving the knee and usually some part of the tibia bone that goes down to the foot. This will also allow the prostheses to be less complex and more functional because the entire knee joint is not part of the prosthesis. Of course, if the pathology present in the leg requires an ak amputation, the surgeon will inform you; but it's always better to save the knee if possible. ...Read more

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Diabetees patients getting pain in the leg or knee, what is the reason.?

Diabetees patients getting pain in the leg or knee, what is the reason.?

Could be vascular: Diabetes mainly affect the vessels, both large and small. You need to see a doctor to get a doppler study to check the blood flow and possible deep vein thrombosis. ...Read more

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What is the difference between shin splints and cramps in the lower leg muscles? Or are they the same thing?

What is the difference between shin splints and cramps in the lower leg muscles? Or are they the same thing?

Shin: Splints, happen on the front part of lower legs, usually from some sort of activity such as running. Cramps can happen any where in the leg. The symptoms in shin splints usually do not include cramping of the legs. ...Read more

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What can cause heel pain when you walk in a child with jra/jia? Is there any connection between the two?

What can cause heel pain when you walk in a child with jra/jia? Is there any connection between the two?

Heel pain can also: Be a common problem known as sever's disease which can occur in any child. It is an inflammation of the growth plate below where the achilles tendon attached to the bone towards the bottom of the heel. Shoes, cleats and sneakers for younger kids sizes are not often made of well structured materials.And heel cups or heel supports over the counter may help. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in occlusion of the femoral artery at the level at which the profunda femoris is given off, arterial inflow to?

Can you tell me in occlusion of the femoral artery at the level at which the profunda femoris is given off, arterial inflow to?

Calf and foot: When the femoral artery decides the profunda feed the muscles of the thigh and the superficial femoral feed the leg from the knee down. There are some connections between the two protecting the leg. ...Read more

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How does untreated PAD lead to the loss of a leg? Make sure to mention the specific arteries of the leg.

How does untreated PAD lead to the loss of a leg? Make sure to mention the specific arteries of the leg.

Poor circulation: Peripheral artery disease results from atherosclerosis of the blood vessels supplying your lower extremities. The main arteries of the legs are the internal and external iliacs and popliiteal arteries. The smaller and narrower blood vessels are occluded first.If you have plaque in your arteries which severely impedes blood flow the tissue can die ( gangrene) and eventually lead to amputation. ...Read more

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Could you recommend exercises for someone with 'an increased valgus alignment of the calcaneus' of the right leg. how would one improve this?

Could you recommend exercises for someone with 'an increased valgus alignment of the calcaneus' of the right leg. how would one improve this?

You Mean A Flat Foot: This is usually treated with custom shoe inserts ("orthotics") that lift and support the arch. Try some from a local store like Rite-Aid or Walgreens. That might be enough. I've been told that walking in dry sand at the beach helps a little. I've also heard of putting a towel on the floor and grabbing or rolling it up with the toes, but I don't know if any of that helps. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the recovery time for a below the knee amputation?

Can you tell me the recovery time for a below the knee amputation?

Depends age & fitnes: There are so many variables. The weight, physical strength, psychological factors, age. I have had patients walking normally in six weeks and others 6 months and others never. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a strained tendon and a torn tendon of the inner ankle? Difference in symptoms n treatment methods?

What is the difference between a strained tendon and a torn tendon of the inner ankle? Difference in symptoms n treatment methods?

See below: A strained tendon is just that, it has been stretched passed its normal length. Atorn tendon is an actual tear in the body of the tendon. Symptoms are similiar, swelling pain, instabitlity. Treatments are similar with rest and immobilization and possible surgery. ...Read more

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Can you have scar tissue under your kneecap? When someone arthroscopic surger can the doc view the back of the knee during the scope? Please explain

Can you have scar tissue under your kneecap?  When someone arthroscopic surger can the doc view the back of the knee during the scope? Please explain

Sure you can have scar: Anywhere there's been an injury. As far as the back of any yet see you can see the back of the knee with arthroscope within the joint space. What you cannot see is the back of the knee where the jerk where you go outside the joint space so sometimes if you're asking the physician about condition at the very back of the knee they may tell you they can't see it arthroscopically because it's outside the joint capsule. ...Read more

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What's the difference between popping your back/knees/toes and a subluxation? Are they the same thing or different?

What's the difference between popping your back/knees/toes and a subluxation? Are they the same thing or different?

Popping not serious: Subluxations are near joint dislocations and usually painful. Painless popping is usually just ligaments snapping or air pockets popping. ...Read more

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What is a intra articular fusion mean in the knee? What causes the knee not to straighten? Please help

What is a intra articular fusion mean in the knee? What causes the knee not to straighten? Please help

Fused joints: Hi Nancy, The knee joint is an example of a joint, which is where your bones come together, or articulate. A joint fusion is usually a surgical procedure performed to achieve a pain-free knee when other surgical procedures are not indicated. Some patients have bony ankylosis where the bones are fused due to trauma or other disease. Your Orthopaedic Surgeon is the specialist to properly treat you. ...Read more

Dr. Francis Cannizzo
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Leg Amputation (Definition)

Surgical removal of leg . This can be either below ...Read more