Amputation of the Lower Extremity
Chronic leg ulcers are defined as those that show no tendency to heal after 3 months of appropriate treatment or are still not fully healed at 12 months . Various treatment modalities have been suggested for the management of nonhealing ulcers. The amputation is done as a last resort, when all other methods of treatment have exhausted or when it is felt that amputated limb will provide a better functional result as compared to limb with persistent chronic nonhealing ulcers. The amputation rate in diabetics can be reduced with good care of the foot. The last decade saw a marked decline in the lower extremity amputation in the Medicare population in the USA .
KeywordsPressure Ulcer Necrotizing Fasciitis Amputation Rate Lower Extremity Amputation Diabetic Foot Ulcer
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