18 doctors weighed in:
If someone needs a toe amputation due to gangrene, does the doctor use anesthesia?
18 doctors weighed in

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
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
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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