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Is there risk of needing hand amputation from diabetes?

Is there risk of needing hand amputation from diabetes?

Yes: Diabetes is an important risk factor for amputations. These most commonly are required for problems (gangrene, infection) that develop in the toes and feet. Such problems can develop in the fingers and hand but are far less common than in the lower extremities. Good control of blood sugar and preventative foot care are very important ways of lowering the risk of amputation. ...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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Can you replace an amputated hand with another natural hand?

Can you replace an amputated hand with another natural hand?

Yes: Recently, this has become an option for the reconstruction of hand amputations. Immunosuppressant agents to prevent rejection with close monitoring and intensive physical therapy will be necessary. Very few of these have been performed at this point. ...Read more

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Is it possible to replace a amputated hand with another natural hand?

Is it possible to replace a amputated hand with another natural hand?

Yes: Many centers around the world are doing hand transplants although most consider it experimental at this point. ...Read more

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Is it possible to replace a amputated hand with another donor hand?

Is it possible to replace a amputated hand with another donor hand?

Yes: It is now possible to do this nowdays, but there are risks involved and a strict patient selection because of it. ...Read more

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My dominate hand was partially amputated leaving me with two fingers left. I have no health insurance and can't get help with pain.. Any suggestions?

My dominate hand was partially amputated leaving me with two fingers left. I have no health insurance and can't get help with pain.. Any suggestions?

Get insurance: Can you be insured on your parents plan? If not, can you apply for insurance thru the affordable care act (obama care)? You probably qualify for insurance but need to look into it. www.healthcare.gov ...Read more

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Gangrene on their hands and feet. When does it require amputation?

Gangrene on their hands and feet. When does it require amputation?

Multifactorial.: In case of an uncontrolled infection the amputation may need to take place right away. If the gangrene is dry and stable you can wait to allow it demarcates to a level where the circulation is more stable resulting in greater chance of healing. ...Read more

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How would a person react to the total traumatic amputation of the hand?

How would a person react to the total traumatic amputation of the hand?

Variable: Many factors play in to the loss of a hand including the patient's vocation, avocation, age and mental coping capabilities. There can be significant functional deficits with loss of a hand as well as concerns about the cosmetic appearance of the limb. ...Read more

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Hand was swollen. Is this normal three days after partial amputation surgery, what to do?

Hand was swollen. Is this normal three days after partial amputation surgery, what to do?

Very normal: If you had part of your hand amputated, i would suspect you have a lot of swelling. You need to keep the hand elevated above the level of your heart at all times, and, depending on the instructions from your surgeon, gentle motion of the hand will help hasten the resolution of swelling. ...Read more

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During amputation of a hand, what do surgeons do to prevent from losing too much blood?

Tourniquets: Temporary compression or a tourniquet and careful surgical technique. The major blood vessels to the hand are small compared to the leg and can be surgically tied.(sutured). ...Read more

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