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Should I talk to my doctor about the possibility of amputation?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

If you have a serious injury that is affecting a limb, or if you are concerned that your diabetes or PAD (peripheral arterial disease) is causing an infection, talk to your doctor immediately. The sooner your doctor can treat you, the lower your chances of needing an amputation.
Doctors will try to save a damaged limb by fixing or replacing your blood vessels. They may try to cure any infections - and stop them from spreading - by using antibiotics or by draining affected tissue. Or, they may try to increase blood supply where it's low. If these measures don't work, amputation may be required.

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