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A/K Amp, Small Sore on Stump Won`t Go Away

02/18/2010

Question:

Title says it all. Keeping me from prothesis training, need help. Going no where 2 1/2 years later. 

Answer:

Generally, ulcers will not heal because of a pressure point over a boney area or ischemia (lack of blood). If the sore is over the bone, the amputation may need to be revised. Since this has gone on for two years, I doubt if it will heal without changing something. Usually we would take the patient back to surgery, excise the sore and re-close. If the stump is ischemic, then a higher amputation may be necessary.

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Blair  Vermilion, MD Blair Vermilion, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University