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Can leg amputations ever be fatal?

14 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Wilson
Surgery - Vascular
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Patients without trauma or tumors who need a major amputation typically have heart disease, diabetes, infection and other life- threatening medical issues.
Because of these problems, amputation mortality rates are among the highest in the hospital.

In brief: Yes

Patients without trauma or tumors who need a major amputation typically have heart disease, diabetes, infection and other life- threatening medical issues.
Because of these problems, amputation mortality rates are among the highest in the hospital.
Dr. David Wilson
Dr. David Wilson
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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes, amputations can be fatal, but it all depends on why you are having the amputation.
If you are elderly and i'll with diabetes and severe vascular disease, the amputation will be risky. If you are a young soldier who injured your leg, then the actual amputation procedure is less of a risk. Needing an amputation because of a bad leg infection or gangrene is a marker for bad heart disease.

In brief: Yes

Yes, amputations can be fatal, but it all depends on why you are having the amputation.
If you are elderly and i'll with diabetes and severe vascular disease, the amputation will be risky. If you are a young soldier who injured your leg, then the actual amputation procedure is less of a risk. Needing an amputation because of a bad leg infection or gangrene is a marker for bad heart disease.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: DVT/PE

Thw amputation itself should not be life threatening but a complication such as a DVT or a pulmonary embolus can be.

In brief: DVT/PE

Thw amputation itself should not be life threatening but a complication such as a DVT or a pulmonary embolus can be.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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Dr. Shane Parmer
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Indirectly

While amputating a limb can be lifesaving depending on the reasons for doing the amputation, complications including death can occur. Often these are surgeries of last choice and are being performed on patients at very high risk or who may be in extremis.
Because of these reasons, this surgery which is often very well tolerated, can be fatal.

In brief: Indirectly

While amputating a limb can be lifesaving depending on the reasons for doing the amputation, complications including death can occur. Often these are surgeries of last choice and are being performed on patients at very high risk or who may be in extremis.
Because of these reasons, this surgery which is often very well tolerated, can be fatal.
Dr. Shane Parmer
Dr. Shane Parmer
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