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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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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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Which is the rounnd about time of recovery for a below the knee amputation , when can I expect him home?

Which is the rounnd about time of recovery for a below the knee amputation , when can I expect him home?

Home within a week: Depending on age and medical problems, patients with below the knee amputations can typically go home within a week. Younger healthier patients can go home earlier and older more complicated patients may stay longer. Recovery time is typically 4-6 weeks for the incision and longer if taking into consideration fittings for a prosthesis. ...Read more

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What's an above the knee amputation recovery time?

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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Can you tell me examples of postoperative medications for above-knee amputation?

Narcotic pain meds: Would be used initially. Outside if pain control, any medications would be for a patient's specific problem(s), not really for the amputation. Because of this, the only medication that would be nearly universal is pain medication and possibly heparin/lovenox for blood clot prevention. ...Read more

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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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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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For what symptoms must I seek immediate care after having a below the knee amputation?

For what symptoms must I seek immediate care after having a below the knee amputation?

Many symptoms: Before or after any surgery, the risks, the potential complications, the potential mortality must be stated to you in a manner that you understand. There should be regular post-op visits to make sure all the healing is going well. Immediate care needs to be sought if there is suddenly new pain or increased pain in the area; or pus, redness, red streaks coming from wound, anything of concern. ...Read more

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When must I call my wife if I will have a below the knee amputation?

When must I call my wife if I will have a below the knee amputation?

No Criteria: Interestingly, there are actually no specific criteria to guide doctors as to when amputation is necessary. I agree with doctor however, the expertise and knowledge of the treating physician is probably the greatest factor in amputations. I strongly recommend patients who are "sentenced" to amputation get at least 3 to 4 opinions including one from a wound care expert. We save limbs and lives. ...Read more

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What's a below the knee amputation ?

What's a below the knee amputation ?

The knee is left...: 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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