Amputation: Evaluation and treatment

Wade Gordon, Luke Balsamo, Max Talbot, Charles Osier, Anthony Johnson, John Shero, Benjamin Potter, Zsolt T. Stockinger

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Combat extremity injury and amputation is a life threatening injury. Initial surgical care should focus on hemostasis followed by irrigation and debridement of contaminated and nonviable tissue. Preservation of limb length begins at the initial surgical procedure, to include retention of atypical soft tissue flaps for later reconstruction and treatment of proximal fractures. Serial irrigation and debridements are required throughout the MEDEVAC system as the evolving zone of injury becomes more mature, followed by the appropriate timing of closure outside the combat theater.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-114
Number of pages3
JournalMilitary Medicine
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


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