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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Blood Flow After Amputation
Please explain how the venous and arterial circulation is maintained once the leg has been removed?
Usually, there are collateral blood vessels that keep blood flowing to the amputated limb. There is a risk, however, of developing a deep venous blood clot in a stump that may need treatment. And sometimes if there is inadequate arterial blood flow, an amputation may not heal appropriately.
Jean E Starr, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Vascular Surgery
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University