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What would be the time frame for a diabetic who needs foot amputation: is it an emergency?
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes
In case of an uncontrolled infection the amputation may need to take place right away.

In brief: Sometimes
In case of an uncontrolled infection the amputation may need to take place right away.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Kevin Nolan
While it can be an urgent situation it may also be a situation with a chronic infection that simply won't clear but is by no means urgent..
Dr. Robert Cuff
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Infection or pain
Amputation may be urgent if there is an active infection (wet gangrene) or uncontrolled pain.
Gangrene could become life threatening in a diabetic patient due to the impaired blood flow and impaired immune system.

In brief: Infection or pain
Amputation may be urgent if there is an active infection (wet gangrene) or uncontrolled pain.
Gangrene could become life threatening in a diabetic patient due to the impaired blood flow and impaired immune system.
Dr. Robert Cuff
Dr. Robert Cuff
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Each case different
When your doctor recommends amputation it is typically time to do so.
Physicians will use this as a last resort. Not doing the amputation can become life threatening due to gangrene and septic shock.

In brief: Each case different
When your doctor recommends amputation it is typically time to do so.
Physicians will use this as a last resort. Not doing the amputation can become life threatening due to gangrene and septic shock.
Dr. Robert Alexander
Dr. Robert Alexander
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