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Is leg amputation the only option for a bone infection?

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 more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Bone Infection (Definition)

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


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Alternative treatments for possible chronic bone infection in a below knee amputation?

Alternative treatments for possible chronic bone infection in a below knee amputation?

Antibiotics/ Surgery: Bone infections are difficult to treat. Antibiotics are used to try to clear the infection. If this is not successful, surgery may be needed to remove the infected portion of bone. ...Read more

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What are the alternative treatment for possible chronic bone infection in a below knee amputation?

What are the alternative treatment for possible chronic bone infection in a below knee amputation?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics are the main treatment option. If these don't work opening the area surgically and cleaning it may be necessary. In severe cases the amputation may need to be redone at a higher level. ...Read more

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Does artificial hip replacement require a leg amputation if the bone broken?

Does artificial hip replacement require a leg amputation if the bone broken?

Broken bones: If u break your artificial hip you usually get it fixed not your leg amputated. ...Read more

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Can you get bone infection from a leg ulcer?

Yes: Bone that is exposed in the base of an ulcer often becomes locally infected. Your doctor calls it "osteomyelitis .". ...Read more

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Is revascularisationand an option for small vessel disease, regarding leg amputation? What questions should I ask her doctor?

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 more

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Can a person drive after a leg amputation?

Yes: Yes. With the proper set-up and training many amputees enjoy the freedom of driving! ...Read more

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Which leg diseases can cause a leg amputation?

Which leg diseases can cause a leg amputation?

Circulation/diabetes: Excluding injuries, leg amputations are mostly related to very poor leg circulation that does not respond to treatment (usually surgical) or diabetes related sores/wounds. Tumors are also possible but not as common. ...Read more

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What causes someone to get a leg amputation after car wreck?

What causes someone to get a leg amputation after car wreck?

Injuries: People may sustain injuries that cannot be repaired or reconstructed. In bad accidents the legs can be pinched when the motor is pushed into the cabin. ...Read more

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How do I explain my mother's leg amputation to my daughter?

How do I explain my mother's leg amputation to my daughter?

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 more

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How is a leg amputation done?

Amputation: Usually with a precise power saw. Also, reconnection of muscles to cover the stump. Length and quality of residual limb is important for good prosthetic fit. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: leg amputation?

What is the definition or description of: leg amputation?

Removal of leg by : Surgical removal of leg . This can be either below knee or above knee. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the pros and cons of a total leg amputation?

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 more

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Is leg amputation the only solution for osteosarcoma?

Is leg amputation the only solution for osteosarcoma?

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 more

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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes someone to get a leg amputation?

Leg Amputation: Amputation is generally a treatment for extremities that are dead or dying, or have otherwise untreatable infection that may be life threatening. Causes include trauma, diabetes, vascular disease, or even tumors. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have leg amputation if you have kidney problems?

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 more

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Could a knee injury lead to requiring a leg amputation?

Could a knee injury lead to requiring a leg amputation?

Rarely, yes: A severe knee injury could but this is rare. Some examples 1. If you sustained a severe tibial plateau fracture, for example, which became chronically infected. 2. Knee dislocation with unrecognized damage to the artery behind the knee. ...Read more

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Are patients often given an antidepressant after leg amputation?

Are patients often given an antidepressant after leg amputation?

Sometimes: While not all patients develop significant depression following an amputation, they can especially if it was unexpected. If they do, grief therapy and sometimes antidepressants can be used to help them cope with the loss. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

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


Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Infection (Definition)

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