What is included in the postoperative care following 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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After the procedure, the patient is kept on bed rest and given systemic antibiotics if indicated. A definitive higher-level below-the-knee amputation is planned if, after 48 hours, the stump appears clean and the condition of the stump and the patient’s general health are optimized. Alternative options for wound closure include application of vacuum therapy to encourage granulation tissue and wound closure by secondary intention or by application of wound traction.


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