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Amputation for open lower-limb fractures should not be seen as a failure

Amputation for open lower-limb fractures should not be seen as a failure
May 29, 2015

PRAGUE — Amputation of a limb as a result of an open fracture should not be considered a failure by the patient or medical team, as functional outcomes and quality of life can be better than that achieved with conservative treatment, according to a presenter at the 16th EFORT Congress.

“We believe amputation brings rapid functional recovery, less complications, less hospitalization duration and best quality-of-life results,” Monique Fioravanti, MD, said during a presentation, here. “It should not be considered as a failure by the medical team and the patient. It should be considered as a real treatment.”

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