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Intervention-Vascular Amputation.

Amputation is a major complication of diabetes. Amputation is surgery to remove all or part of an arm or leg. It may be done to treat injury, disease, or infection. It may also be done to remove tumors from bones and muscles.

Prevention:

The best way to prevent amputation and other severe diabetes complications is to manage blood sugar.

  • medical eating a healthy diet of lean meats, fruits and vegetables, fiber, and whole grains
  • medical avoiding sugar-sweetened juice and soda
  • medical reducing stress
  • medical exercising for at least 30 minutes daily
  • medical maintaining a healthy weight and blood pressure
  • medical checking your blood sugar levels regularly
  • medical checking your blood sugar levels regularly
  • medical taking your insulin and other diabetes medications as directed by your doctor

After care:

Practice good hygiene and care of your amputated area.

  • medicalWrap the amputated area in a warm blanket.
  • medicalMassage, tap, or rub you’re the area with a piece of terry cloth (towel).
  • medicalMentally exercise it - pretend you are moving the part of your body which is no longer there
  • medicalMore blood flow to amputated area can lower your pain. Try mild exercise to improve blood flow. For example, slowly tighten and then release the muscles of the   operated area.
  • medicalElevate your whole part to prevent swelling. (Do not just put a pillow behind it)
  • medicalChange the position - move around or stand up.
  • medicalKeep a diary of when the pain is most severe to help the doctor find out what makes your pain worse
  • medicalKeUse relaxation exercises, deep breathing, or imagine a pleasant place
  • medicalAsk the doctor about other ways to control your pain: self-hypnosis, biofeedback, TENS, acupuncture, medication, or support groups.
  • medicalMedication should not be the only treatment for pain. Medication should be used along with an exercise and stretching program.

Good foot care may help you prevent wounds or ulcers from becoming problematic.

Foot care tips:

  • medical A daily foot check of the entire foot. Look for redness, wounds, bruising, blisters, and discoloration.
  • medicalRegularly checking the feet for sensation using a feather or other light object.
  • medicalRegularly checking the feet for sensation using a feather or other light object.
  • medicalRegularly checking to see if the feet can feel warm and cold temperatures.
  • medicalWearing thin, clean, dry socks that don’t have elastic bands.
  • medicalWiggling the toes throughout the day and moving the ankles frequently to keep the blood flowing in feet.