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Instr Course Lect. 1999;48:321-9.

Principles of partial foot amputations in the diabetic.

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedics, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.


Unfortunately, amputation surgery is still a very important part of the treatment for diabetic foot problems. The decision-making process must be done thoughtfully, remembering that blood flow is not the only issue. Many factors enter into the decision to perform a partial foot amputation or to perform a more proximal level amputation. Adherence to good surgical principle, proven techniques, and gentle soft-tissue handling can make the difference between a successful and durable amputation or continued complications and frustrations.

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