The decision to perform an amputation or partial amputation does not always fit the perception of a failure in treatment.

Amputation salvage procedures can preserve part of a limb or enhance the quality of life, even saving the life of the patient. Those goals do not represent failure or lost causes.

Recently, Dr. Shirley Catoire, DPM joined Dr. Peter A. Blume, DPM and Dr. Bauer E. Sumpio, MD in authoring an article for discussing the possibilities and considerations for a decision to perform amputation.

As a multidisciplinary team, the authors recommend assessment of the issues that led to the patient’s current condition, plus what procedures can control or eliminate those issues.

Frequently, the patient has diabetes as one of the conditions that contributes to the foot problems being considered for salvage amputation.

You can read more about the detailed assessment recommendation at the article entitiled “When Is Amputation The Salvage Procedure?”

As an associate at Hoosier Foot and Ankle, Dr. Catoire is as committed as I am to avoiding unnecessary amputation. However, as the article discusses, sometimes the amputation has the best prognosis for the patient’s future comfort.

When you consult with us at Hoosier Foot and Ankle, you can know that we put your condition and your future highest on the list as we prepare a plan of treatment.

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