How are lower-extremity amputation wound healing complications treated?

Updated: Apr 29, 2021
  • Author: Janos P Ertl, MD; Chief Editor: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS, FAOA, FABOS, FAAOS  more...
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Wound healing in the patient with vascular disease can be severely compromised by the patient's underlying disease or by skin closure under tension. Small areas of wound breakdown should be allowed to demarcate, and these can be treated with open or wedge resection. Larger areas with exposed muscle and bone may necessitate revision of the amputation, shortening of the bone, and closure without tension.


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