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If you have a foot amputation to get rid of gangrene, will you later need a leg amputation?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: It is possible.

Sometime people go on to have a higher level amputation if the infection is not controlled or if the circulation is not adequate for healing to take place.

In brief: It is possible.

Sometime people go on to have a higher level amputation if the infection is not controlled or if the circulation is not adequate for healing to take place.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Linda Harris
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

Depending on whether the factors that led to the gangrene are well controlled may determine whether you have more progression of disease, and eventually need a higher amputation.
Not smoking, controlling diabetes tightly, controlling cholesterol, wearing proper shoewear, and exercising, are all things you can do to decrease your risk of a second surgery.

In brief: Maybe

Depending on whether the factors that led to the gangrene are well controlled may determine whether you have more progression of disease, and eventually need a higher amputation.
Not smoking, controlling diabetes tightly, controlling cholesterol, wearing proper shoewear, and exercising, are all things you can do to decrease your risk of a second surgery.
Dr. Linda Harris
Dr. Linda Harris
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Dr. Patrick Wyffels
Critical Care

In brief: You should not

Predicting a more proximal leg amputation depends on how well the 1st amputation level was determined to optmize healing & function, aggressive treatment of the cause of amputation (control diabetes, resolve infection, maintain or improving blood flow, stop smoking, normalize cholesterol & triglycerides ) and early identifcation of any new problem. Continued follow up with you doctor is mandatory.

In brief: You should not

Predicting a more proximal leg amputation depends on how well the 1st amputation level was determined to optmize healing & function, aggressive treatment of the cause of amputation (control diabetes, resolve infection, maintain or improving blood flow, stop smoking, normalize cholesterol & triglycerides ) and early identifcation of any new problem. Continued follow up with you doctor is mandatory.
Dr. Patrick Wyffels
Dr. Patrick Wyffels
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