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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

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...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.

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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?

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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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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


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