Steps to take before the surgery
Your doctor may run an X-ray and a blood test to rule out sugar and other diseases that may obstruct the surgery. Apart from these, bone scans are also done to ensure the infection has not spread far. You will be asked to discontinue the use of all anti-inflammatory drugs and blood thinning medicines.
What happens during the procedure?
Once the patient is under the effect of anaesthesia, the wound is cleansed with an antibacterial wash or given a saline bath and cleaned dry. To prevent bleeding, veins or blood vessels around the area are tied off with an electric current. The surgeon then makes an incision and carefully removes the affected area. After the amputation, surrounding muscles and skin are pulled to be sealed and stitched.
After the procedure
The patient is taken to the recovery room and is kept under observation till out of anaesthesia. Before discharging the patient, the doctor prescribes certain painkillers and antibiotics to relieve pain and to assist in speedy recovery.