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Amputation


Partial finger amputation

Partial finger amputation

Amputations are an extension of sharp debridement (see Wound Debridement) in situations in which the tissue is dead or too infected to save. Often the dead or infected tissue includes the bone, so the body part has to be removed to allow for the patient to survive and to begin the reconstruction process.

The most common amputation in burns is finger amputation. All efforts are made to avoid amputation, but when it is required, we remove as little of the affected finger(s) possible.

Another amputation that unfortunately happens with some frequency is amputation of the foot in patients with diabetes and burn to the foot. Diabetics often have loss of sensation and are unable to tell how hot water is by testing the temperature with a foot. Diabetic patients should examine their feet daily and avoid hot and cold environments to avoid burn injury or frostbite injury.