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One of the doctors my father is seeing after his amputation (diabetes) is an infectious disease doctor. Why would he see that type of doctor?

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  • 2 months ago

    Mainly because an amputation is not a paper cut. It involves skin, fat, muscle and bone in the case of joints. Not to mention it creates a wound, with direct access for outside germs that are normally not an issue, to get inside. 

    Diabetic or not, if you get an amputation, they will be making as sure as possible, that you do not get any wound infection, especially one closed inside the wound. Blood, bone and skin infections can become deadly in a matter of hours. So that is the reason he is being seen by an specialist that deals with infections after the amputation. Even more so if the amputation was due to an infection like MRSA or gangrene. 

    But if you want to know, ask your father or the doctor. 

  • 2 months ago

    Diabetics have a decreased immunity which renders them susceptible to many different types of infections from bacteria, fungi to viruses. I am sure you have heard of COVID and dangers with diabetes. 

    Amputations usually involves infections due to poor circulation that renders the tissue dead and then organisms start to grow. Some of these organisms are hard to get rid of and are common to the skin. One needs to make sure there isn't any residual infection and that the proper antibiotic was used and effective. Normally there is a mixture of organisms that are present and they can differ as to the proper antibiotic. If the present antibiotics do not resolve infections then they may change them to others or increase the concentrations. Most of the time antibiotics are used in concentrations that inhibit the bacterial growth and the actual killing is done by the bodies immune system. In diabetics the immune system is defective and so one might use stronger concentrations of antibiotics in order to treat infections properly. 

    Infectious disease specialist are specialist that treat infections caused by bacteria, fungi and viruses. Your dad is susceptible to infections in the future and there is a long lists of organisms that a normal healthy person would not normally be susceptible to and that means regular doctors are forced to guess what the bug is that is causing the problem when so many possibilities exist. The specialist is expected to be able to do that with more training and less guessing. The regular doctor also might not be familiar with the organisms that were cultured responsible for the infections and won't know how to deal or monitor or treat your dad. As mentioned there are so many different types of organisms out there and the IDS is able to handle that. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    To ensure the injury is healing properly and is not infected.

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