When must I call my wife if I will have a below the knee amputation?

No Criteria. Interestingly, there are actually no specific criteria to guide doctors as to when amputation is necessary. I agree with doctor however, the expertise and knowledge of the treating physician is probably the greatest factor in amputations. I strongly recommend patients who are "sentenced" to amputation get at least 3 to 4 opinions including one from a wound care expert. We save limbs and lives.
Yesterday ! It seems strange to me that anyone would go through a significant medical or surgical problem, and not share with their spouse. Perhaps you are overseas in the armed service and have been injured and require a bk amputation. If so, i would think there is a standard procedure for notifying your family of your injuries and the treatment necessary.

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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...
Many possibilities. You should contact your doctor following the surgery if you have excessive pain, swelling, or any signs of infection. Read more...

What are the risks of a below the knee amputation to a diabetic?

Complicated. The answer to this question is complicated and is best addressed by your surgeon as part of a preoperative discussion of the risks and benefits of the surgery. Only with a detailed discussion can the potential benefits be weighed against the risks and an informed decision made. Read more...
Many risks. Risk of any surgery include: pain, swelling, numbness, infection, delayed healing, no-healing and possible need for further surgical management. Following an amputation people will be able to walk with a prosthesis, however they may experience an alteration in their gait. Read more...

I have had a below the knee amputation recently, will I be able to go to pt soon?

Maybe. Starting pt after an amputation like you describe initially means teaching walking with crutches and becoming mobile. Once you get your prosthesis the you would require pt to teach you to walk etc. Read more...
Of course. Pt usually starts before you leave the hospital and progresses in stages with the goal of ambulating on your new prothetic leg. Read more...

What to do if I have had a below the knee amputation recently, will I be able to go back to rollerblading and cycling?

Possible. But certainly will be challenging. If you are otherwise healthy you should be able to go through rehab and physical training to accomplish your goals. Read more...
After bka. There are many fewer limitations than you may think if you are motivated. Look at some of the runners, snow skiers, etc out there enjoying their sport after bka. Talk to your physical medicine and rehabilitation doc and tell him what your goals/aspirations are. Read more...

Can someone with a double below the knee amputation walk again?

Yes. This takes a great deal of rehabilitation. A lot depends on the preoperative cardiac and pulmonary function. Read more...
Yes but hard . This really depends on the age of the patient and cause of amputation . Young patients with traumatic amputation have better chance, but older patients with gangrene have almost no chance secondary to the large amount of energy to walk which may go above 200% of normal energy needed to walk. Read more...
Yes! Unless the person is in really poor health most people with bilateral below the knee amputations are able to walk. Believe it or not it is harder to walk with one above the knee amputation than with two below the knee amputations. Read more...