Lower extremity amputation: open versus closed.


Wound breakdown was assessed in 117 amputations for nonhealing lesions and peripheral vascular closure (chi 2 10.34). Nonhealing occurred in 10/63 amputations with primary skin closure when compared with those not closed (p less than .01). All 54 amputation sites treated by the open technique healed without revision. Of 22 toe amputations, the open… (More)


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