Which equipment is required to perform a guillotine ankle amputation?

Updated: Nov 18, 2019
  • Author: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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A tourniquet helps improve visualization, especially for ligation of the vascular bundles. If a sterile tourniquet is used, it can be applied within the surgical field and therefore at a lower level. The tourniquet should be applied without exsanguination of the infected foot to prevent proximal spread. It is released prior to wound closure to check for hemostasis.


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