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Doctor insights on: Leg Amputations Can Overweight People Get A Prosthetic Limb

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Is a diabetic double amputee overweight a good candidate for prosthetic limbs?

Is a diabetic double amputee overweight a good candidate for prosthetic limbs?

Depends: The level of amputation is most important as the higher the amputation the more difficult it is to walk with the prosthesis. Diabetes by itself is not a problem if controlled. Foot care is crucial to prevent amputation of the other leg. Weight might limit the options an amputee has as prosthetic components have weight limits. Inability to tolerate exercise is another limiting factor. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Prosthetics (Definition)

Prosthetics replace a part of the body. A prosthesis is the name of the device. For example, a prosthetic leg replaces a lost leg. Artificial legs or arms are common examples. Prosthetic teeth are also common. On occasion the device used for a joint replacement (new knee for example) is referred to as ...Read more


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Had below-knee right leg amputation and damage around knee on left leg 2 years ago. Can walk on prosthetic leg. Can I still go through a pregnancy?

Had below-knee right leg amputation and damage around knee on left leg 2 years ago. Can walk on prosthetic leg. Can I still go through a pregnancy?

Pregnancy problem: Do you have diabetes type 1 or chronic kidney failure? If yes, pregnancy is possible however many complications can be expected and must be handled by competent Endocrinologist, nephrologist (kidney specialist) and high risk Obstetrician. If you had amputation for other reasons such as complicated fractures or tumor, no chronic medical disease then the should have no problem with the pregnancy. ...Read more

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Diabetes can overweight people get a prosthetic limb?

Diabetes can overweight people get a prosthetic limb?

Yes: Poor blood flow can cause severe damage to a limb, typically the leg/foot/ankle and in some causes result in a chronic and severe infection leading to the need for amputation and a prosthetic limb. ...Read more

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Will a person always have to get their limbs amputated if they have neuropathy?

Will a person always have to get their limbs amputated if they have neuropathy?

No: Neuropathy on its own is not a reason for limb amputations. Neuropathy however may lead to other things such as ulcers, and poor circulation which may contribute to the need for an amputation. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get used to prosthetic limbs?

How long does it take to get used to prosthetic limbs?

Use prosthetic limb.: It depends, from several months to several years. The more you use the more you get used. ...Read more

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How soon after surgery do I get my prosthetic? My amputation is coming up soon. How long after the surgery will I have to wait for my prosthetic..

How soon after surgery do I get my prosthetic? My amputation is coming up soon. How long after the surgery will I have to wait for my prosthetic..

Until healed: Usually six weeks is enough time if you used a stump shrinker. The important point is that the amputation is fully healed and strong enough, and that the swelling has resolved. Getting fitted when swollen will lead to a loose fitting prosthesis and problems more likely sooner than later. ...Read more

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What are the most recent accomplishments in the field of amputations and artificial limbs?

What are the most recent accomplishments in the field of amputations and artificial limbs?

Control mechanisms: A lot of recent research has concentrated on finding ways to better control artificial arms. Some researchers are working to use the nerves left in the arm to control the prosthesis (targeted muscle reinnervation- tmr) others on using the brain signals to control the prosthesis. Sounds sci-fi but it is not these days! Tmr trained physicians are doing surgeries at various centers in the us. ...Read more

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What usually happens the prosthetic limbs and implants after death?

What usually happens the prosthetic limbs and implants after death?

Buried or recycled.: If a person is buried, the implant (s) are buried with them. If they are cremated, the metal is recycled. Cremation rates have increased from 5% to 30% in this country. Implants are not destroyed by the 1800 degree heat. The metal is collected and recycled. Artificial limbs may be buried with the patient or donated for refurbishing and recycling. ...Read more

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What are precautions for those who have prosthetic limbs?

What are precautions for those who have prosthetic limbs?

Percautions: 1. Keep functional range of motion of the joints above the prosthesis.
2. Local skin care. Keep no breakdown.
3. Appropriate distribution of weight over the weight bearing site.
4. Keep appropriate muscle strength and endurance through exercise and using the limb it self. Prosthetic limb should use routinely. The more you use, the more you feel comfortable. ...Read more

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Can you tell me which advancements have been made in the field of amputations and artificial limbs?

Robotic limbs: There are both advances in both live donor and robotic amputation replacement surgery. Robotic replacement is so far more functionally advanced with a more useable limb and more predictability. Donor limbs have limited function and unpredictable results requiring life long immunosuppression. Both are still however in their infancy stages. ...Read more

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Articles on futuristic prosthetic limbs? Heard there are some inexpensive and smart devices out there now.

Articles on futuristic prosthetic limbs? Heard there are some inexpensive and smart devices out there now.

Internet: Look on the internet for articles. They are becoming smarter but less expensive is relative. A good computerized arm prostheses can be several hundreds of thousands of dollars. ...Read more

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Diabetic Lower limb amputation because of gangrene 3 weeks later skin getting black around wound? Is gangerene stil there? What's the reason?

Diabetic Lower limb amputation because of gangrene 3 weeks later skin getting black around wound? Is gangerene stil there? What's the reason?

Probably: Blackening skin is, by definition, gangrene. Low blood flow or infection is usually the cause. If it is relatively localized and superficial it may eventually heal on its own. If it is deeper, it may require higher level amputation. Your surgeon will be able to tell. ...Read more

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Do prosthetic limbs interact with bone and muscles?

Do prosthetic limbs interact with bone and muscles?

Yes: Some of the new upper extremity prosthesis are designed to get signals from nerves and muscles. Often surgery is needed to establish the connections. ...Read more

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How expensive are prosthetic limbs?

Can be: Expensive depending on what limb and how high tech the need will be. There is a wide range from the low thousands to the multi thousands ...Read more

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What happens the prosthetic limbs after death?

Depends: If the prosthesis is in good shap it can be reused if the original owner or family have provided for this. ...Read more

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Anybody know the latest views on prosthetic limbs?

See below: Unfortunately, because of the high rate of war casualties, there have been significant positive strides made in this area. ...Read more

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How to diagnose upper motor neuron lesion in patient with amputated four limbs?

How to diagnose upper motor neuron lesion in patient with amputated four limbs?

Neurologist: The physical exam findings will be more difficult to see, but a neurologist will be able to examine the patient and might elect to do testing such as an EMG which tests the conduction of the nerves. ...Read more

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How do physicians dispose arms, legs, or any other extremities after an amputation?

Incineration: The specimens are typically sent to pathology for analysis after which they are sent to an incineration facility- as are most bio-hazard waste materials. ...Read more

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I have spasticity in my lower limb from a tbi. I tried oral and injectable drugs. Split tendon transfer is not an option. I'm active. Thoughts on amputation?

I have spasticity in my lower limb from a tbi. I tried oral and injectable drugs. Split tendon transfer is not an option. I'm active. Thoughts on amputation?

Need to adapt: You have a permanent deficit. Many children with cerebral palsy learn to live with their disability and are active and participate in regular sports and activities. You now have a form of acquired cerebral palsy. Learn to adapt to it. A good therapy program will help, and trained therapists can be sure that you have the best bracing and stretching methods to provide optimal outcome. ...Read more

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My mom is going for stent in lower limb due to ischemia that caused toe amputation (wound not healing). Will this resolve the problem?

My mom is going for stent in lower limb due to ischemia that caused toe amputation (wound not healing). Will this resolve the problem?

IS SHE DIABETIC?: The biggest question is, is she diabetic? .
the stint will improve perfusion, and circulation to the limb, but diabetic have a small vessel disease, which mean the blockage started from the end and spread up VS regular PVD started from larger vessel and goes down.
either way the stint will help, but might not cured, since it s not going to cure diabetes.
GOOD LUCK ...Read more

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Patient had lower extremity above the knee amputation, has shock reflexes every 2-5 minutes how can stop these by medicine? When it will stop

Patient had lower extremity above the knee amputation, has shock reflexes every 2-5 minutes how can stop these by medicine? When it will stop

Benzodiazepines: Muscle relaxants such as valium help the recent amputation stump to settle. If neuropathic pain from the sciatic nerve is an issue, Neurontin or Keppra (levetiracetam) may also be impactful... ...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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Why does everyone who has an amputation not get an artificial limb?

Why does everyone who has an amputation not get an artificial limb?

Early or non healing: It could be early after the amputation or there is a problem with stump healing, infection, not fitting. Sometimes very weak patients also can't get an artificial leg ...Read more

Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
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Amputation (Definition)

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Overweight (Definition)

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