During below the knee amputation, the leg is removed at an incision made below the knee.
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Conditions Treated with Below The Knee Amputation:
Below the knee amputation is utilized in order to treat conditions such as atherosclerosis, gangrene, osteomyelitis, bone cancer, severe deformity, and injury to bones, muscles, nerves and arteries.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to below the knee amputation.
Anesthesia with Below The Knee Amputation:
Below the knee amputation is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Below The Knee Amputation:
Possible risks following below the knee amputation include infection, bleeding, blood clots and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience phantom limb pain, a stroke or a heart attack.
Prognosis after Below The Knee Amputation:
The prognosis for a positive end result following below the knee amputation varies. One in five to one in ten patients with atherosclerosis pass away following amputation.