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How long does a foot amputation take?

How long does a foot amputation take?

Short: Usually less than an hour, depending on how much debridement is needed, anatomical issues, technique, etc. Anesthetic choices are general, spinal or regional block. Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will advise. ...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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How long will surgery take for half a foot amputation?

Hemifoot amputation: Surgeons vary in their times to do procedures and its no different for foot amputations. But with what i know about amputations, it should not take more then 1.5 hours in the average surgeons hands. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery for a foot amputation?

How long is the recovery for a foot amputation?

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 more

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How long is the recovery after a foot amputation?

How long is the recovery after a foot amputation?

Recovery time varies: Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, blood sugar control, post-operative and follow up care. ...Read more

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I have diabetes and had a foot amputation. What can I do to take better care of myself?

I have diabetes and had a foot amputation. What can I do to take better care of myself?

Preventative care: Keep your diabetes in check (make sure your hga1c is <7) and protect your feet. Prevent pressure sores and keep an eye on your wounds. You can wear protective orthotic shoes and see a podiatrist on a regular basis. ...Read more

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How do you exercise after a foot amputation?

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 more

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How much weight will a person lose after a foot amputation?

How much weight will a person lose after a foot amputation?

May gain or lose : Some may gain weight while others may lose weight following and amputation. It depends on the individual. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are natural ways to deal with the pain of a foot amputation?

Can you tell me if there are natural ways to deal with the pain of a foot amputation?

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 more

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What actually happens during a foot amputation?

What actually happens during a foot amputation?

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 more

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How can I avoid a foot amputation if I am diabetic?

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 more

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