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Why do physicians amputate your limbs if you have gangrene?

Why do physicians amputate your limbs if you have gangrene?

Risk of Infection: Leaving a gangrenous portion of limb poses a high risk for infection and sepsis. ...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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If someone is diabetic and needs a toe amputation due to gangrene, is the doctor suppose to use general anesthesia?

If someone is diabetic and needs a toe amputation due to gangrene, is the doctor suppose to use general anesthesia?

Not neccesarilyNot: If the patient suffers from neuropathy, they may not require any anesthesia. Local anesthesia could be sufficient as well. General is certainly not mandatory. ...Read more

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In what cases would a doctor suggest limb amputation?

In what cases would a doctor suggest limb amputation?

Several. : Severe infection that cannot be treated, a mangled nonfunctional limb, circulation issues that cannot be reconstructed or addressed. When the limb itself is causing a threat to the patient's life or severely hampering their recovery, then an amputation might be considered. Many people are surprised how well a motivated patient can do with a below the knee prosthetic. ...Read more

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In what cases would a doctor suggest amputation of a limb?

In what cases would a doctor suggest amputation of a limb?

Several. : Severe infection that cannot be treated, a mangled nonfunctional limb, circulation issues that cannot be reconstructed or addressed. When the limb itself is causing a threat to the patient's life or severely hampering their recovery, then an amputation might be considered. Many people are surprised how well a motivated patient can do with a below the knee prosthetic. ...Read more

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

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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Can a foot wart cause severe limb/foot complications and/or amputation in a diabetic, even if it's been frozen by a doctor but still remains?

Can a foot wart cause severe limb/foot complications and/or amputation in a diabetic, even if it's been frozen by a doctor but still remains?

NO: Why Benadryl? Why topical antibiotic? Which antibiotic? A foot wart will not result in amputation or severe "complications" if treated or not. This question makes no sense. What does your Dr say? Have you seen a dermatologist? Many "warts" are actually something else. Most topical antibiotics are useless and often harmful. ...Read more

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What are effective treatments to gangrene besides amputation?

Gangrene: Is irreversible but to heal above it you need blood supply. In patients with toe gangrene and perfusion pressure of less than 40 mm hg a mid foot amputation, a b-k amputation will fail. With revasculaization even the foot could be salvaged and a mid foot amputation does not require prosthesis. ...Read more

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When does someone get an amputation done? Only if gangrene?

Many Reasons: Gangrene is just one of the many reasons amputations might be warranted. Other inidications are peripheral vascular disease that is resulting in poor limb perfusion (and ultimately gangrene). Infection to the bones or rapid progression of skin infection resulting in loss of the soft tissues. Trauma. Even a few nerve disorders can result in need for limb amputation. ...Read more

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What happens if a type 2 diabetic with gangrene refuses amputation?

What happens if a type 2 diabetic with gangrene refuses amputation?

Wet or dry: If it is wet gangrene (infected) it can cause sepsis and death. If it is dry gangrene, it can be monitored closely and you can live with it as long as it doesn't convert to wet gangrene. Gangrene is dead tissue, bacteria loves dead tissue- so dry gangrene is a nidus for infection. Talk with your doctors to help weigh the specific risks, benefits, consequences and overall prognosis. ...Read more

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Gangrene on their hands and feet. When does it require amputation?

Multifactorial.: In case of an uncontrolled infection the amputation may need to take place right away. If the gangrene is dry and stable you can wait to allow it demarcates to a level where the circulation is more stable resulting in greater chance of healing. ...Read more

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If you have a foot amputation to get rid of gangrene, will you later need a leg amputation?

If you have a foot amputation to get rid of gangrene, will you later need a leg amputation?

It is possible.: Sometime people go on to have a higher level amputation if the infection is not controlled or if the circulation is not adequate for healing to take place. ...Read more

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My dad is 91 with Parkinson's & recently had a stroke and has a gangrenous toe. Which is less painful, dying from gangrene or having an amputation?

Gangrene: The gangrenous toe will not necessarily kill him. Nor will an amputation . However, the gangrenous toe will probably demarcate and actually fall of on its own. Seek the advise of both your podiatrist and a vascular specialist - who will be working together in his care. ...Read more

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Im Diabateic on dialysis Just had below knee leg amputation because of wet gangrene, can I apply manuka honey dressing on amputation wound for healing?

Im Diabateic on dialysis Just had below knee leg amputation because of wet gangrene, can I apply manuka honey dressing on amputation wound for healing?

Yes but: in general yes, depend do you have an open wound or the wound is closed and you want to speed up the healing because of your diabetes, actually honey dressing have been very popular for wound healing. It is always better to check with the surgeons that performed the surgery to make sure that there is no objection. ...Read more

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I have mild chronic balanitis,antifungal cream didn't work,awaiting swab results. Will I get gangrene and penis amputation? I'm seeing urologist soon

I have mild chronic balanitis,antifungal cream didn't work,awaiting swab results. Will I get gangrene and penis amputation? I'm seeing urologist soon

Of course not: Balanitis, phimosis, is due to fermentation by bacteria in tiny drops of urine under the foreskin. Shower daily, retracting the skin to rinse it off. Whenever passing urine, keep the skin back for a moment and blot off the urine from the area. Castellani solution (clear) is very effective. You will need to request it from the pharmacist. A circumcision is routine, quick and easy, always cures it. ...Read more

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Can leg gangrene noticed in initial stage be cured without amputation?

Initial stage: It is possible but depends on what you mean by "initial stage". Gangrene can occur from many different reasons (vascular disease, severe infection, etc) so treating the underlying cause may help stop the spread, but it really depends what you mean by "initial stage". Best of luck. ...Read more

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I developed severe dry gangrene on right foot after trauma, 4 toes already amputated, but it is spreading very slow. How long can I delay amputation?

If there is no : Infection you can delay in definately as the gangrenous tissue will auto amputate, however, I would make sure I am evaluated by a vascular doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Dickson
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