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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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Dr. Mark Dickson
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Gangrene (Definition)

Gangrene is the natural end outcome for irreversible tissue ischemia, characterized by tissue infarction, liquefactive or dry necrosis, and infection with multiple bacterial organisms. Usually a result of loss of arterial oxygenated blood ...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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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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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?

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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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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Extremity (Definition)

Is appendage or body part that extends from the main body, such as arms or ...Read more