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Modify: You may have to modify your routine exercise. There will be certain limitation to consider. You want to avoid anything that causes further breakdown of your skin, leading to ulceration and further infections and amputations. Shoe modification is also very important.Depending on the level of the amp, you may need fillers to help. Also ask your doctor if any work is going to be done on your achilles. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why it is done: Healing in a foot amputations will be slow. If amputation is done on a normal healthy person like after a injury will heal with in 6 wk, but most of the foot amputations are done on diabetics, with poor circulation due to peripheral vascular diseases , with infections including gangrene of toes , will take months to heal. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Series of steps: Anesthesia is provided, followed by tourniquet application. Skin is preserved to cover the amputation site, and all muscle-tendon tissues and blood vessels cut to expose the bone. A saw device is used to resect the bone and remove the amputated tissues. Closure of the skin flap is done to protect the exposed ends of the live tissue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Phantom Limb: It is quite common for amputees to experience sensations on the removed limb. Many times it is pains, for others, it can feel different (itching for example). A study reported in nejm found that using a mirror to 'visualize' the removed body part actually helped resolve those sensations. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmc071927. No matter what, discuss things with your doctor or surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vascular problems DM: Advanced diabetes leads to vascular issues that lead to tissue compromise starting at the distal extremities. When its bad enough, amputations start. The lesson is to control your diabetes as best possible and avoid any other risk factors for atherosclerosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not much: It should not be enough to require a transfusion unless you are anemic beforehand. Your surgeon will use a tourniquet during surgery if he is concerned about blood loss. Many times an amputation is required because there isn't enough blood to a limb, in which case blood loss should be minor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Check circulation: Absolutely agree with medical treatment of diabetes being first and foremost in prevention of major amputations. One other thing to keep in mind is the high prevalence of vascular disease amongst diabetics. Consult with a vascular surgeon who can check your ankle-brachial index or toe pressures to figure out if you have significant arterial occlusive disease and to intervene when necessary. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Cheating on what?: Cheating on what? Your diet? Your blood sugar levels? Maintaining low, level blood sugar levels will keep your nerves healthy and functioning, and will ensure you have your optimal healing potential. Uncontrolled blood sugar can lead to neuropathy, ulceration, infection, or amputation. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
How soon after amputation does physical therapy begin? When can I expect to begin physical therapy after my foot amputation?
Immediately : Physical therapy and occupational therapy after a major amputation should start immediately to learn how to move around the house and do activities of daily living without using the affected leg. Once the wound is healed and the person is allowed to bear weight physical therapy changes the focus towards walking. This may be delayed by the need to have a custom fit device for walking. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Mother, 66, had gangrene/ partial foot amputation, is not diabetic, had 3 stents in her legs due to poor circulation & heavy smoker. Life expectancy?
Statistically...: Unfortunately, these effects you describe don't just have an effect on the feet and legs. The effect vital organs are effected as well. 5 years has been reported as an expected life span after an amputation, but this is just an average. It could be more or less depending on many other lifestyle factors. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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