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How many costs to amputate all 4 limbs, (quad amputee), all above knees and elbows?

How many costs to amputate all 4 limbs, (quad amputee), all above knees and elbows?

Bizarre question: Barbara 224, we are a community of highly trained medical doctors providing a valuable free medical advice service to the public. Either you are wasting our time on a mean spirited practical joke while mentally "normal", or you have extremely severe psychological or mental problems and should seek help for them locally. ...Read more

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How long dose a quad bypass last I had one 10 years ago not smoked for 11 years been diabetic 15 below knee amputee 2 years.

How long dose a quad bypass last I had one 10 years ago not smoked for 11 years been diabetic 15 below knee amputee 2 years.

Can't give a number: It's unusual for a female to have 4-vessel disease @ 26 so I think there's something genetic here. While genes can't yet be treated, other risk factors can. Glad that you quit smoking & hope your diabetes is well controlled. Your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol & triglycerides also need tight control. Your bypass will last longer if you address all these issues & I do wish you the best. ...Read more

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How long dose a quad bypass last I had one 10 years ago not smoked for 11 years been diabetic 15 below knee amputee 2 years.

How long dose a quad bypass last I had one 10 years ago not smoked for 11 years been diabetic 15 below knee amputee 2 years.

Heart Disease: I assume you are referring to a coronary artery bypass surgery. The extent of how long your blood vessels will remain functional and unclogged is a difficult one to answer! Some bypass surgeries are good for life while others may become diseased or "clogged" after a short amount of years. Multiple factors dictate this such as cholesterol, sugar levels and genetics. ...Read more

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I am a below knee amputee using prosthesis. Some time my back portion of stump starts burning and on further use of prothesis it develope to blister.

I am a below knee amputee using prosthesis. Some time my back portion of stump starts burning and on further use of prothesis it develope to blister.

Prosthetic fit: These are common signs of an ill-fitting prosthesis. The residual limb after an amputation often changes shape and the prosthetic socket needs to be modified or replaced. Contact your prosthetist or physical rehabilitation physician for evaluation. Once the possibility of an ill-fitting prosthesis is determined your physician can investigate other possible causes. ...Read more

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I am a below the knee amputee and recently I have been dealing with lower back pain when sitting for extended periods could they be related?

I am a below the knee amputee and recently I have been dealing with lower back pain when sitting for extended periods could they be related?

Could be: The difference length in other parts of the limb may occur over time. (difference in thigh muscle girth) This might lead to a bit of a pelvic tilt and eventual unequal weight distribution on the articular elements in the lumbar spine. Plin films of the LS spine can reveal facet joint disease for example. Your therapist need to be made aware of any bone remodeling to adjust your therapy over time. ...Read more

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Low-back pain in transfemoral amputees: is there a correlation with static or dynamic leg-length discrepancy?

Low-back pain in transfemoral amputees: is there a correlation with static or dynamic leg-length discrepancy?

Anytime: You have a change in your prosthetic components you will put stress into your lumbar spine which will result in abnormal forces there. Also, being a transfemoral amputee, do you have a flexion contracture at the hip? If so, this will also place stress on the spine. Recommend seeing a physiatrist that can help with adjusting your prosthesis and abnormalities associated with amputation. ...Read more

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How do double feet amputees get around?

How do double feet amputees get around?

Different ways: Depending on the level of the amputation, people could get around either in a wheelchair, with the use of crutches and special footwear, or prosthetics. ...Read more

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76 year old mum battling with an itching upper back. She's a double amputee.

76 year old mum battling with an itching upper back. She's a double amputee.

Notalgia paresthetic: This may be nostalgia paresthetica. The cause for this is not completely understood but several treatments are available. Some over the counter treatments can be helpful including cortisone creams or capsaicin cream. The capsaicin cream may cause a burning sensation. Consult with her physician to evaluate for other possible causes and to make sure that the her medications do not interact. ...Read more

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Will I need a wheelchair after a double knee arthroscopy?

Will I need a wheelchair after a double knee arthroscopy?

Not typically: IF it is just a standard arthroscopy with menisectomy most people can get around on crutches or a walker. IF it is more extensive surgery may require that. I let my patients ambulate as tolerated with single leg arthroscopy. I would probably recommend you take care of one knee and then 3-4 weeks later take care of the other. ...Read more

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Can someone with a double below the knee amputation walk again?

Can someone with a double below the knee amputation walk again?

Yes: This takes a great deal of rehabilitation. A lot depends on the preoperative cardiac and pulmonary function. ...Read more

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How soon can I expect to drive after a double knee replacement?

As soon as your: Orthopoedist and physiotherapist are able to determine that you are physically capable to drive without putting you or others at risk. ...Read more

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How long is a person typically immobile after getting a double knee replacement?

How long is a person typically immobile after getting a double knee replacement?

1 day: We typically have patients walk the day after bilateral total knee replacement. They usually use a walker for 3-5 weeks and then a cane for 3-5 weeks. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I am likely to need a wheelchair following double knee arthroscopy?

Can you tell me if I am likely to need a wheelchair following double knee arthroscopy?

Knee arthroscopy: Following bilateral or 'double' knee arthroscopy I would recommend having a wheelchair available; typically you should be able to mobilize yourself and ambulate with a walker or crutches depending on your level of aerobic ability. ...Read more

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I need something for pain and depression. I've been a double amputee since January 2015. Still don'T have prose this and haven'T started physical thearapy. I need anti depressants?

I need something for pain and depression. I've been a double amputee since January 2015. Still don'T have prose this and haven'T started physical thearapy. I need anti depressants?

Please discuss: These issues with your doctors as soon as possible.
Depression warrants treatment, pain may worsen the symptoms, and vice versa. If youÂ’re suffering with depression, you may require meds, therapy (individual, group, etc), as both meds and therapy often works better than either one alone.
Good luck! ...Read more

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Docs, usually how long is recovery for double knee replacement?

Docs, usually how long is recovery for double knee replacement?

3 months: You'll be in the hospital 3-5 days. Then either to rehab facility or home with therapy continuing all along. You'll be walking within 1-2 weeks with a walker. The walker will continue 3-4 weeks then conversion to cane or nothing at all. Therapy will continue in 2nd month for range of motion and strength. Improved walking tolerance and stamina is expected in the 3rd month. ...Read more

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If I had a double knee repacrment, do I need to take antibiotics before a colonoscopy?

If I had a double knee repacrment, do I need to take antibiotics before a colonoscopy?

Best to : Question your orthopedic surgeon and GI doctor but in general unless it is a fresh knee replacement, antibiotics are not indicated. ...Read more

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How long after double knee replacement surgery will I likely be released to be able to drive? I want to have realistic expectations.

How long after double knee replacement surgery will I likely be released to be able to drive? I want to have realistic expectations.

It vary: It depend on your general health and the outcome of the surgery. Let us say you are generally good health and outcome of the surgery is good I would say in about 3 month.
Good luck. Thank you. ...Read more

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Any knee doctor who performs double-bundle ACL reconstruction in seattle area?

Any knee doctor who performs double-bundle ACL reconstruction in seattle area?

Probably: There are many surgeons that perform double bundle acl reconstructions. However, since there are many ways to perform them, we do not know which method is better, or whether it is any better than an anatomic acl. Perhaps a better question is whether a double bundle acl reconstruction is right for you. I perform both, but i still question whether it is better. I am in los angeles though. ...Read more

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What's the estimated recovery time for double total knee replacement surgery?

What's the estimated recovery time for double total knee replacement surgery?

Up to one year: As someone who routinely performs double knee replacement, and an occasional double hip replacement, I tell all joint replacement patients that the. ...Read more

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If you get a single bundle ACL surgery on one knee and a double bundle ACL surgery on the other could this cause any harm to the body?

If you get a single bundle ACL surgery on one knee and a double bundle ACL surgery on the other could this cause any harm to the body?

No harm: You would be an interesting case control study to compare differences, but there is a chance that both would function equally well. Both techniques can result in success, and therefore, you might not expect any difference or harm. Since you know which knee had which tech., comparison may be biased. ...Read more

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Tested positive for methamphetamine at pain dr. Double amputee. Never did street drug except marijuana. They said to check his inhaler.?

Tested positive for methamphetamine at pain dr.  Double amputee.  Never did street drug except marijuana. They said to check his inhaler.?

Inhaler not often: There are reports of testing positive for methamphetamine while on inhalers. There are 2 types of meth. The D form is the illegal street form and the L form is the legal form of methamphetamine found in cold mess for example. Ask to have the test redone looking for the D and L form good luck ...Read more

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My sisters legs have been swelling badly, from her feet to her knees and they double their size is there some that could be before she goes to the dr?

My sisters legs have been swelling badly, from her feet to her knees and they double their size is there some that could be before she goes to the dr?

Elevate her legs: You can eleavate her legs when she sits. Also, she can get tent stockings from a medical supply store. These stockings are very tight and will help decrease her swelling. However, it sounds as though you should see your doctor soon so he/she can discover the cause of the immense swelling and treat it medically. ...Read more

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Is a diabetic double amputee overweight a good candidate for prosthetic limbs?

Is a diabetic double amputee overweight a good candidate for prosthetic limbs?

Depends : The level of amputation is most important as the higher the amputation the more difficult it is to walk with the prosthesis. Diabetes by itself is not a problem if controlled. Foot care is crucial to prevent amputation of the other leg. Weight might limit the options an amputee has as prosthetic components have weight limits. Inability to tolerate exercise is another limiting factor. ...Read more

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Fell Monday pretty hard on R Knee. Back of knee, calf, and ankle all swollen to double size of other leg. ER said no breaks, no clots. Suggestions?

Fell Monday pretty hard on R Knee. Back of knee, calf, and ankle all swollen to double size of other leg. ER said no breaks, no clots. Suggestions?

Maybe Sprained: If you had X-rays, and they were reviewed by a radiologist, you most likely don't have any fractures. However, badly sprained ligaments can be worse than a fracture, in terms of disability and healing time. Bones have a blood supply--ligaments do not, and take longer to heal. Elevate your leg, apply ice, and a compression wrap. Topical DMSO may also help alleviate swelling and speed recovery. ...Read more

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Should I donate blood. I'm 79 and in the pst year have had double knee replacement and l4-l5 fusion?

Should I donate blood. I'm 79 and in the pst year have had double knee replacement and l4-l5 fusion?

Blood donation: The red cross has establish criteria for blood donation. For a surgery goes their statement is as follows: " it is not necessarily surgery but the underlying condition that precipitated the surgery that requires evaluation before donation. Evaluation is on a case by case basis. You should discuss your particular situation with the health historian at the time of donation." however, if you received a blood transfusion during any of your surgeries you have to wait 12 months. Lastly there is no upper limit as far as age goes you just have to be healthy enough to meet the other requirements. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with 2 Baker's Cysts, Deep behind knee and calf, leg and thigh swollen double size. Waiting for a referra to see surgeon. What can I do?

Diagnosed with 2 Baker's Cysts, Deep behind knee and calf, leg and thigh swollen double size. Waiting for a referra to see surgeon. What can I do?

Baker cyst : Really they should go down on their own. You body will self absorb the swelling. I would do hot and cold compress, and take ibuprofen. Try to prevent repeatedly bending knees like doing squats as this will aggravate it. You can get it evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon, if he can drain the fluid send it for culture, and fluid analysis. ...Read more