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Amputation

Blood Flow After Amputation

11/01/2006

Question:

Please explain how the venous and arterial circulation is maintained once the leg has been removed?

Answer:

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.

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Response by:

Jean  E Starr, MD Jean E Starr, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Vascular Surgery
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University