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Amputated limb swollen and painful after being hit by a car door. What should we do ?

Hi Doc. My father s right leg got amputated 3yrs ago above the knee and does not have prosthetics . He is in Africa and can t afford a prosthetic leg. I just got an emergency message right now that someone mistakenly hit him trying to open a car door and his amputated limb is now swollen and painful. They have rushed him to the hospital. Am far sway from home and worried sick. Is my dad going to heal from this trauma and what should we do. Please tell me Doc am so wirr
Asked On : Fri, 8 Mar 2013
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Welcome to Healthcaremagic.
From your query i understood that your father is suffering from injury in amputated limb.
Most probably the swelling in amputated limb is due to edema.
Edema is a collection of fluid in the tissue.

Please ask him to follow these.

If wear prosthesis, ask him to do not wear that until swelling subsides.
Take bed rest with elevated affected limb for some days, till swelling decreases.
Ice the injured area for the first 72 hours, 20 minutes out of every hour.

If the swelling and pain do not decrease even after this kindly take x ray of the amputated limb and consult a nearby orthopedician.

Hope this helps.
Take care.


Answered: Sun, 4 Aug 2013
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