How long do diabetics live after amputation?

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asked Feb 24 in Other- Health by Ascobisco (320 points)
How long do diabetics live after amputation?

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answered Feb 24 by disiah (460 points)
The lifespan of a diabetic after amputation can vary depending on the current age of the diabetic amputee and the persons current health.

On average once a diabetic has a leg or legs amputated or a foot amputated they live around 2 to 10 years.

The older the person is and the more health issues the person already has when they have amputation done the less time they may live.

But then again a person may live longer than expected.

The hospital stay after having below the knee amputation or any other amputation is around 14 days but sometimes they may need to keep you longer depending on if you have any complications.

But you can usually expect to be discharged and go home 15 days after the below the knee amputation.

The way that doctors or surgeons amputate is by cutting into the skin and then they tie off the blood vessels to prevent blood loss.

Then they cut and remove the blood vessels and other muscles that are needed to be cut and removed so that they can actually cut the leg or arm off.

Then they use an oscillating saw to actually cut the bone and then after the bone is cut the surgeon then uses excess skin that they left over to cover the bone after they cut it.

In the old days the surgeons used a wire saw that was operated by hand but the surgeons today use an electric saw that cuts through the bone easily.

Then they file down the bone before sealing your skin back up.

After an amputation you usually need to stay in the hospital for around 14 days so that they can monitor your health and make sure your health stays good after the amputation.

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