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    leg amputation???.....has anyone

    .....considered it as a pre-emptive strike to avoid health probs down the road such as bloodclots, circulation, pressure sores, infections, etc...also for mobility, central pain, blood pressure and such????
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    #2
    Jokingly discussed this with a doc in hospital..........apparently it would be a dreadful mistake balance-wise. With no legs you're just a tippy little torso
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      #3
      I might get my penis removed along with the two legs. Who needs the sexual frustration?

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        #4
        problems would still exist with your stumpity stumps..





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          #5
          I think you would alleviate some problems but create more....

          I havent ever considered it just because of my SCI but I guess if pressure sores on my feet were still a major problem. I might consider it. Im like Rhino, I think it really might throw your balance off worse.
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            #6
            No way. The thought of it creeps me out. A good friend of mine has been in a wheelchair for forty years and has never had a bloodclot or pressure sore, so I'll take my chances. Life's one big gamble anyway. Besides, I am very attached to my sexy legs. (Pun intended).
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              #7
              This is a suggestion that often comes from an uninformed physician ("just cut them off since they don't work anyway"). Of course when the cure comes learning to use prosthesis may be problematic....

              My response to these physicians is "why don't we just cut off your head...you don 't seem to be using your brain!".

              In relationship to issues such as balance, prevention of pressure ulcers, and body image you are much better off keeping your legs. Only transfer get easier with amputations.

              (KLD)
              The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                #8
                Originally posted by RehabRhino
                Jokingly discussed this with a doc in hospital..........apparently it would be a dreadful mistake balance-wise. With no legs you're just a tippy little torso
                Same here. Ever so frustrated at being unable to manage my legs at all, particularly to bring them onto the mat, I suggested an ax. But, balance and image would be compromised. I still sometimes have the urge to cut them off myself, following the course of insensate area. Imagine that! Then throwing them into the trash.

                I once saw a woman on TV who had had both legs amputated as high as a leg can possibly be amputated, and went around with her half body on a skate board, propelling with her knuckles onto the ground. She would also climb on countertops from chairs, reach high cabinets, etc. She was amazing. She was singlehandedly taking care of her dad with Alzheimer´s, her mentally retarded brother, and her son.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by SCI-Nurse
                  Of course when the cure comes learning to use prosthesis may be problematic....

                  (KLD)
                  Amen to this, you really would feel like a bit of a tit when the day comes. What a grim idea

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Cripply
                    I once saw a woman on TV who had had both legs amputated as high as a leg can possibly be amputated, and went around with her half body on a skate board, propelling with her knuckles onto the ground. She would also climb on countertops from chairs, reach high cabinets, etc. She was amazing. She was singlehandedly taking care of her dad with Alzheimer´s, her mentally retarded brother, and her son.
                    That’s all? No werewolf’s hiding in the chimney etc?

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                      #11
                      It's a thought that has went through my mind. I have diabetes,"not on any medicine for it" just watching my diet and loosing wieght. But my legs are starting to look awful! the vein's are like coming to the top of my skin, and there are big blotches from the knee's down. The Dr.s told me before I found the diabetes thing that I had only about half of the circulation that I should have so with it now, they said I could very well loose them. I hope NOT!!

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by SCI-Nurse
                        My response to these physicians is "why don't we just cut off your head...you don 't seem to be using your brain!".(KLD)
                        HAHAHA......perfect response KLD.

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                          #13
                          theres a lady that lives down the road from me that uses a chair because she was minus a leg. well she just had to have the other one amputated an now she has pressure sores on both sides of her butt.

                          so i say.......NO. i'll keep my scrawny, white, spasmy nurses aide kickers.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by SCI-Nurse
                            This is a suggestion that often comes from an uninformed physician ("just cut them off since they don't work anyway").
                            Unfortunately, idiot doctors do exist.

                            Justadildo, if you encounter such a doctor, it's time to roll like hell the other way.

                            Has someone suggested it to you?

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by SCI-Nurse
                              My response to these physicians is "why don't we just cut off your head...you don 't seem to be using your brain!".

                              (KLD)
                              This was my point but you used a friendlier example.

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