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What happens during a leg amputation?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
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In brief: All structures Cut

During a leg amputation, the surgeon starts by making a skin incision.
This is designed to help in the closure of the stump. Next the muscle fascia is cut, followed by the muscles. The primary nerves, arteries and veins are then ligated ( tied off ). Next the bones are cut with a saw and the cut edges are filed down. Finally a flap of muscle tissue is used to cover the bone and the skin is closed.

In brief: All structures Cut

During a leg amputation, the surgeon starts by making a skin incision.
This is designed to help in the closure of the stump. Next the muscle fascia is cut, followed by the muscles. The primary nerves, arteries and veins are then ligated ( tied off ). Next the bones are cut with a saw and the cut edges are filed down. Finally a flap of muscle tissue is used to cover the bone and the skin is closed.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: Depends

Usually the surgeon determines what part of the leg remains healthy and has good blood flow to decide on an amputation level.
Once that is determined the surgery proceeds.

In brief: Depends

Usually the surgeon determines what part of the leg remains healthy and has good blood flow to decide on an amputation level.
Once that is determined the surgery proceeds.
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
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Dr. Shoaib Shafique
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Leg removal

Part of leg is removed either above or below the knee.

In brief: Leg removal

Part of leg is removed either above or below the knee.
Dr. Shoaib Shafique
Dr. Shoaib Shafique
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