A Myth: some patients and Providers think of amputation as a solution or even cure for non-healing wound, infection.
That is NOT true. It is very common after an amputation the patient develops wound at the surgical site and requires wound care and eventually may end up going through another amputation at higher level. There is a 50% chance for second amputation within 2 years of the first one!
According to the data, the patients have gone through an amputation; they have higher risk of death, more than 50% within 5 years after amputation.
The cost after one amputation may reach $800,000.00 for one person. It may involve further medical management, surgeries, rehabilitation, medical devices and prosthesis.
Most amputations, in diabetic patients, starts with irritation of skin because of tight shoes or waking with bare feet. That gradually progress to a wound. Most patients develop wounds in their feet they have problem with nerves and sensation is impaired. The patient may not realize that the wound is getting worse and by the time seeking medical attention it could be infected and involving the bones too, called Osteomylitis.
Basic advice; look at your feet every day and make sure there is no redness, irritation or wound.
Once there is a wound, seek medical attention.
If you have tried the local wound clinic and still not healing then you need a second opinion. A consultation with Wound Healing Experts may change the course, prevent you from suffering and having amputation.
For a formal consultation or to obtain a 2nd opinion by a Wound Healing Expert: