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Why do physicians amputate your limbs if you have gangrene?

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Risk of Infection

Leaving a gangrenous portion of limb poses a high risk for infection and sepsis.

In brief: Risk of Infection

Leaving a gangrenous portion of limb poses a high risk for infection and sepsis.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Laura Pak
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: We try not to!!

Gangrene is often associated with severe pad (peripheral arterial disease).
Frequently, providing better blood flow can help avoid major amputation. Sometimes this can be achieved with a minimally invasive procedure called angioplasty; other times, a bypass surgery is done to bring blood flow around the blocked segments of artery. Any patient with gangrene should be evaluated by a vascular surgeon.

In brief: We try not to!!

Gangrene is often associated with severe pad (peripheral arterial disease).
Frequently, providing better blood flow can help avoid major amputation. Sometimes this can be achieved with a minimally invasive procedure called angioplasty; other times, a bypass surgery is done to bring blood flow around the blocked segments of artery. Any patient with gangrene should be evaluated by a vascular surgeon.
Dr. Laura Pak
Dr. Laura Pak
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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Gangrene

Gangrene represents a loss of circulation.
With a loss of circulation the tissues lose the ability to fight off infection. At that point if infection sets into the tissues it can lead to sepsis. This can lead to death. So when gangrene is identified to be wet or infected it needs to be removed. Dry gangrene can be closely observed by well trained professionals.

In brief: Gangrene

Gangrene represents a loss of circulation.
With a loss of circulation the tissues lose the ability to fight off infection. At that point if infection sets into the tissues it can lead to sepsis. This can lead to death. So when gangrene is identified to be wet or infected it needs to be removed. Dry gangrene can be closely observed by well trained professionals.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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