My left big toe is partly black and needs to be amputated

My left big toe is partly black and needs to be amputated. My doctor wanted to cut off the lower leg straight away. What experience do you have in this area? My diabetologist told me that about 30 years ago the general rule of thumb was: if the big toe is black, cut off the lower leg, if the ankle is black, cut off the upper leg (because of the poor healing prospects for smaller amputations).

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  • Response 1:

    Based on your description, I assume that your doctor is of an older generation and that the diabetologist isn't much younger.

    Quote: "I learned from the diabetologist that about 30 years ago the general rule of thumb was: If the big toe is black, cut off the lower leg, if the ankle is black, cut off the upper leg (because of the poor healing prospects of smaller amputations)".

    This is absolute nonsense from today's perspective.

    A large part of the amputations carried out in Germany, especially the extended amputations, are unnecessary according to the opinion of the leading surgeons / vascular specialists.

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