Lower extremity amputation: the control series.

  title={Lower extremity amputation: the control series.},
  author={Blair A. Keagy and Jesse A. Schwartz and Mamdouh M. Kotb and Steven J Burnham and George Johnson},
  journal={Journal of vascular surgery},
  volume={4 4},
Although various techniques to determine amputation level have become available, obvious clinical factors may yet identify patients in whom a major amputation is unlikely to heal. We have analyzed the association of multiple clinical factors with the morbidity of 1028 consecutive amputations performed in 786 patients during a 13-year period. The overall operative mortality rate was 7% (57 of 786 patients). Cardiac complications were the leading cause of death (43%). In the 729 patients… CONTINUE READING

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