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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
S&S of foot gangrene: In the early stages, a wound surrounded by redness followed by tissue death with darkened avascular tissue, drainage, air entrapped in the tissues causing a crunching sound with eventual malodorous drainage and red streaks running up the leg followed by fever, sepsis and eventually death may occur in untreated gangrene. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mom has gangrene in her foot and has lost her apatite and is now refusing fluids, is this the infection taking hold?
ProbAbly: I hope she is being treated, this certainly has the potential to make her extremely ill. ...Read more
I was wondering what are some good alternatives for diabetes-based foot gangrene if the weak ointment that the doctor gives isn't working?
Requires debridemt: Gangrene cannot be treated with ointment. It requires careful removal of dead tissues (debridement) to get to areas with circulation. Important to use leg elevation, compressive stockings, etc in order to reduce leg edema (swelling) which worsens circulation needed to heal. Some are using biocellular injection treatments along with surgery to improve blood supply and healing ability. Reduces recur. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mrs. Rose is a hospice patient in the nursing home. She has gangrene of her foot. What can she do to cure it?
It depends: Depending on her current health status, whether the gangrene is wet/dry, if there is neuropathy (which may spare the patient pain), and prognosis are to all be considered. Hospice care is palliative in nature, so if intervention for the gangrene is to be considered, a change in her hospice status is necessary. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My dad has gangrene in one foot and has had the other amputated. He is on pd dialysis and has had an heart attack in july last year?
I developed severe dry gangrene on right foot after trauma, 4 toes already amputated, but it is spreading very slow. How long can I delay amputation?
If there is no : Infection you can delay in definately as the gangrenous tissue will auto amputate, however, I would make sure I am evaluated by a vascular doctor. ...Read more