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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Traumatic Amputation

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How does a traumatic amputation in accident occur?

How does a traumatic amputation in accident occur?

Shearing or cutting: Trauma is when external forces are applied to the human body. The energy transmitted is effected by the angle of the force, the amount of force and protective gear. For amputations that occur before arrival to the hospital, a frequent mechanism is motorcycle wrecks. Obviously cutting instruments like saws can cause amputation. ...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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What are the immediate complications of traumatic amputation?

What are the immediate complications of traumatic amputation?

Pain and rehab: The loss of any body part to trauma is difficult. The immediate complications are usually due to wound healing issues and loss of function. During early healing, there are the issues of pain management and the possibility of wound infection. Once those have been taken care of, it is a matter of getting appropriate therapy to rehabilitate and return to normal function as quickly as possible. ...Read more

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What to do if you come upon a traumatic amputation in a car accident?

What to do if you come upon a traumatic amputation in a car accident?

Let me explain: The most important to do when face with traumatic amputation is to control the bleeding some way otherwise could bleed to death. ...Read more

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How would a person react to the total traumatic amputation of the hand?

How would a person react to the total traumatic amputation of the hand?

Variable: Many factors play in to the loss of a hand including the patient's vocation, avocation, age and mental coping capabilities. There can be significant functional deficits with loss of a hand as well as concerns about the cosmetic appearance of the limb. ...Read more

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How long can a brown recluse bite go untreated before it causes amputation ? does mild initial symptoms mean less chance of amputation ?

How long can a brown recluse bite go untreated before it causes amputation ? does mild initial symptoms mean less chance of amputation ?

Necrosis: Brown recluse bites cause local tissue necrosis it does not lead to amputation. Takes time for the effect of the toxin to cause tissue damage so suspect you would see little initial symptoms. Don't panic and seek surgical care ...Read more

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For what symptoms must I seek immediate care after having a below the knee amputation?

For what symptoms must I seek immediate care after having a below the knee amputation?

Many symptoms: Before or after any surgery, the risks, the potential complications, the potential mortality must be stated to you in a manner that you understand. There should be regular post-op visits to make sure all the healing is going well. Immediate care needs to be sought if there is suddenly new pain or increased pain in the area; or pus, redness, red streaks coming from wound, anything of concern. ...Read more

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Is the torso amputation possible to do?

Is the torso amputation possible to do?

Hemicorporectomy: First done in 1968-9 by Elliot Strong at Memorial Sloan-Kettering for invasive penile cancer. Presented as a Grand Rounds and the patient was VERY CONTENT, Here's a review: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091117102102.htm ...Read more

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Can you die from frostbite if you don't get an amputation?

Can you die from frostbite if you don't get an amputation?

Yes: Cold exposure that's severe enough to cause frostbite can also cause hypothermia. When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system and other organs don't work correctly. Left untreated, hypothermia eventually leads to complete failure of your heart and respiratory system and to death. ...Read more

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