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Can you tell me the recovery time for a below the knee amputation?

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Dr. Alan Koslow
Surgery - Vascular
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends age & fitnes

There are so many variables.
The weight, physical strength, psychological factors, age. I have had patients walking normally in six weeks and others 6 months and others never.

In brief: Depends age & fitnes

There are so many variables.
The weight, physical strength, psychological factors, age. I have had patients walking normally in six weeks and others 6 months and others never.
Dr. Alan Koslow
Dr. Alan Koslow
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Dr. William Purtill
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

If it heals normally the sutures or staples are removed in 3/4 weeks.
A shrinker to reduce swelling is then used and measurements for the prosthesis are taken. A temporary (for 1 year) prosthesis is fitted at 6 weeks approximately - then the patient walks on 2 legs again. A final prosthesis is fitted at 1 year approx. When all the swelling is gone and the leg has reached a stable shape.

In brief: Yes

If it heals normally the sutures or staples are removed in 3/4 weeks.
A shrinker to reduce swelling is then used and measurements for the prosthesis are taken. A temporary (for 1 year) prosthesis is fitted at 6 weeks approximately - then the patient walks on 2 legs again. A final prosthesis is fitted at 1 year approx. When all the swelling is gone and the leg has reached a stable shape.
Dr. William Purtill
Dr. William Purtill
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry

In brief: Recovery time varies

Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, smoker or not, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care.
Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you.

In brief: Recovery time varies

Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, smoker or not, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care.
Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Trent Proffitt
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Depends

3-5 days in hospital for pain control.
Then rehab for 3-6 weeks to develope upper extremity strength and stability with crutches, etc.

In brief: Depends

3-5 days in hospital for pain control.
Then rehab for 3-6 weeks to develope upper extremity strength and stability with crutches, etc.
Dr. Trent Proffitt
Dr. Trent Proffitt
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