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Is Leg Amputation The Only Option For A Bone Infection
It depends.: It depends on the extent of the infection; if the infection is into a joint; how good/bad is the circulation in the leg? Can the patient undergo perhaps several long surgeries. Is the patient diabetic. Does the patient walk now - if not they probably won't walk after surgery so why risk ur life with several surgeries for a leg u don't really use. This issue is 2 complicated to answer in 400 words. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone. Osteo is derived from the greek osteon..Inflammation or infection. A broad range of organisms can cause infection from bacteria, to viruses (less common), to fungi (mycotic). Acute and chronic infections exist. Long term IV treatment with antibiotics (or antifungals or other agents) are needed. In my experience no less than 8 weeks ...Read more
What are the alternative treatment for possible chronic bone infection in a below knee amputation?
Broken bones: If u break your artificial hip you usually get it fixed not your leg amputated. ...Read more
Is revascularisationand an option for small vessel disease, regarding leg amputation? What questions should I ask her doctor?
Some times: If revasculizing leads to a higher flow rate and increased pressure then small blood vessels may open up and deliver more oxygen to the tissues. But if the small vessels are clogged as we see with diabetes ( which effect small and large vessels) then it may not help. Hopefully there are only small isolated areas of blockage and the body will compensate with making new collateral vessels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I just got out of the hospital with cellulitis could it be a bone infection. An not from a cut on my toe? I think i cracked my ankle 3 weeks aho
Saved her life: Hopefully your daughter is old enough to understand death. And it would seem obvious that a treatment as severe as an amputation was necessary to save your mother's life. "the doctors saved grandma's life." will show her how important it is. The second part, getting her to be comfortable with it, is all on you...You have to set an example and be ok with the new deformity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on reason: Amputation is a serious decision, and should be made by md. If risk of infection or gangrene is high or present, often is not optional. In some tumor cases, removal of limb to reduce spread is needed. Md will not advise doing such unless critical to your health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Amputation was the standard surgical treatment for these rare tumors but most osteosarcomas are now treated with limb preservation. Avoiding amputation depends on the location, size and type of tumor. It is essential that patients are treated by experienced teams in institutions where these operations are done often. Your doctor can help by referring you to a large cancer hospital in your area. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Unfortunately, one of the more common groups of patients who require amputations are diabetics, who frequently also have kidney disease. The kidney disease in itself does not impact the surgery, but severe kidney disease is correlated with increased risk of complications around the time of surgery. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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