Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
128 Doctors are Online

Amputation of leg to avoid infections post an accident - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
User rating for this question
Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2004
Answered : 40 Questions
User :   My friends son aged 20yrs met with an accident on 18.06.2010 . He was found to have
compound fracture left femur. He was operated at XXXX , bangalore and he is developed
RABDOMYOHLYSIS and acute RENAL failure and he was referred to XXXXX, bangalore for
further management after FASCIOTOMY , he underwent repeated wound dressings and
deberidements . On last debridement it was found that a part from lateral and mediacl
compartments, even the posterior compartment was completly necrosed.Keeping in mind the post renal failure status & potential chance of a ractionary hemorrage from the vascular blowout, it was advanced to undergo amputation at theappropriate level and this has to be performed before tomorrow.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   Hi
User :   pls see the above issue and suggest
Doctor :   Let me read the query.
Doctor :   How can I help in this?
User :   whether we can go head with removal of the leg, or is there any solution
Doctor :   If there are gangrenous changes and if the vascular injury is severe and cannot be reversed, then the option is amputation.
Doctor :   Amputation is a live saving procedure here.
Doctor :   If a limb is gangrenous and is left alone, it is a potential source of infection, which will further compromise severely on life.
Doctor :   Hence this may have to be attempted.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   i dont know this med terminology, but i have a brieg case sheet for u reference as a file how can i sent to you
Doctor :   Let me put it in simple words.
Doctor :   Limb undergoes changes when the blood supply to it is compromised.
Doctor :   It affects all the structures of the limb.
Doctor :   The changes that happen following this is referred to as gangrene.
User :   OK
Doctor :   Gangrene is a irreversible process.
Doctor :   The only treatment to this is removal of the affected part.
User :   OK
Doctor :   This is done basically to avoid the infections.
User :   To other body parts right ?
Doctor :   Hence, if there are gangrenous changes or examination reveals that the blood supply cannot be restored the treatment in such case is removal of the affected part.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   thankyou
User :   bye
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   nothing sir
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
User :   ok .. thanx
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Procedures
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor