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If someone needs a toe amputation due to gangrene, does the doctor use anesthesia?

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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Though the gangrenous toe has no nerve endings that work, the surrounding healthy tissue does.

In brief: Yes

Though the gangrenous toe has no nerve endings that work, the surrounding healthy tissue does.
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

However, if the patient is neuropathic then not always necessary.
Even then, usually given. Don't want to risk patient feeling anything.

In brief: Yes

However, if the patient is neuropathic then not always necessary.
Even then, usually given. Don't want to risk patient feeling anything.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Dr. Marc Abramson
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

If patient has absolutely no sensation in the digit it could be done without anesthesia.
If there is sensation then anesthesia should be used ( digital block, ankle block, spinal).

In brief: Depends

If patient has absolutely no sensation in the digit it could be done without anesthesia.
If there is sensation then anesthesia should be used ( digital block, ankle block, spinal).
Dr. Marc Abramson
Dr. Marc Abramson
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Dr. William Jenkins
They would probably give you some sedation or iv analgesics, the digital block might sting initially.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Some form of anesthesia would be used for this procedure.

In brief: Yes

Some form of anesthesia would be used for this procedure.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Yes.

In brief: Yes

Yes.
Dr. Steven Frydman
Dr. Steven Frydman
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Dr. Thomas Doria
Anesthesiology

In brief: Absolutely

The toe is removed back to healthy tissue so an anesthetic is used.
This could be general where you are completely asleep or regional which only puts part of the body to sleep.

In brief: Absolutely

The toe is removed back to healthy tissue so an anesthetic is used.
This could be general where you are completely asleep or regional which only puts part of the body to sleep.
Dr. Thomas Doria
Dr. Thomas Doria
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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine

In brief: Generally

Though if the person has neuropathy, it may not be needed.
This would be assessed in your preoperative evaluation.

In brief: Generally

Though if the person has neuropathy, it may not be needed.
This would be assessed in your preoperative evaluation.
Dr. Gregory Hines
Dr. Gregory Hines
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