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

Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
General anesthesia is not required to perform a digital amputation.

In brief: No
General anesthesia is not required to perform a digital amputation.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not necessarily
This operation can be done with a regional anesthetic.
Talk to your anesthesiologist and find out what is best for that patient.

In brief: Not necessarily
This operation can be done with a regional anesthetic.
Talk to your anesthesiologist and find out what is best for that patient.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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3 doctors agree
In brief: Not always
Anesthesia it determined in part by the patients health and by choice of the surgeon and anesthesia department to determine what isbest.

In brief: Not always
Anesthesia it determined in part by the patients health and by choice of the surgeon and anesthesia department to determine what isbest.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
The patients overall health status needs to be assess to see what the best anesthetic plan will be.
An amputation can be done under general anesthesia or regional anesthesia with or without sedation, .

In brief: Depends
The patients overall health status needs to be assess to see what the best anesthetic plan will be.
An amputation can be done under general anesthesia or regional anesthesia with or without sedation, .
Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not necessarily
Often, the foot of a diabetic patient has very little sensation.
The anesthesiologist will evaluate the patient to see how much pain medication will be required. Sometimes, the surgeon can simply inject some local anesthesia into the foot or around the ankle, and the anesthesiologist can give some medication to help the patient relax and relieve pain. General anesthesia is usually not needed.

In brief: Not necessarily
Often, the foot of a diabetic patient has very little sensation.
The anesthesiologist will evaluate the patient to see how much pain medication will be required. Sometimes, the surgeon can simply inject some local anesthesia into the foot or around the ankle, and the anesthesiologist can give some medication to help the patient relax and relieve pain. General anesthesia is usually not needed.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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