Toe Amputation Surgery Abroad

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International Destinations: India, Mexico, South Korea, Turkey, Jordan

Surgical amputation of the toe or a part of the toe becomes necessary when the blood supply to the toe is interrupted. There are several clinical conditions when amputation surgery of the toe is recommended, which includes, advanced cases of diabetes mellitus, infection, local trauma or injury, ostemomyelitis, peripheral vascular disease, tumors, frostbite or congenital anomalies. In most of these conditions, amputation is advocated to remove the infected or necrotic tissue affecting the toe.

Toe Amputation

The procedure is conducted by a vascular surgeon. Ulceration of the foot caused due to diabetes attributes to 85% of all non traumatic amputations of the lower extremities. Other leading non traumatic conditions requiring amputation of the toe, include congenital anomalies like hammer toe, claw toe or mallet toe which result in ulceration and infection of the toe. Amputation of toe is required in individuals with impaired nerve functions, which may result in deep cracks in the skin which facilitate access of microbes into the skin causing chronic infections and ulcerations.

Amputation of the toe doesn’t result in significant morbidity and doesn’t require prosthesis, except that, it would marginally affect the gait of the patient and may restrict the speed of movement. It is a simple surgical procedure which requires a minimum hospitalization of two days depending upon the patient’s condition. India, South Korea, Jordan, Mexico, and Turkey, offer toe amputation surgery at affordable rates.

Why is amputation of the toe required? 

  • In patients with underlying conditions like Diabetes mellitus, peripheral vascular disease, etc, when the toe gets infected and ulcerated, it is best to amputate it to prevent the spread of infection and gangrene.
  • The underlying medical condition limits the possibility of bypass surgery to the leg artery to improve blood supply. Even laser surgeries to stretch the arteries are futile.
  • Antibiotics to control infection spread will not be adequate, as the infection will spread very fast causing gangrene of the surrounding tissues.

Preparing for Toe Amputation:

  • Prior to the surgery, a set of blood tests and imaging investigations (X ray of the toe or the foot and bone scan) would be required. The tests are aimed at allowing the doctor to evaluate the blood circulation and the extent of amputation required.
  • A detailed medical history evaluation of the patient is conducted prior to the procedure to assess the patients health and ability to withstand the procedure
  • Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs need to be stopped at least a week prior to the scheduled surgery. Blood thinners like Clopidogrel, Warfarin, Ticlopidine, etc need to be stopped along with the anti inflammatory drugs.
  • On the previous night of the day of the scheduled surgery, the patient is suggested to have a light meal and refrain from eating or drinking anything after midnight.

Toe Amputation: The procedure

  • The procedure is preferably conducted under general anesthesia. However, depending upon the patients condition, a spinal or local anesthesia may also be used. It is a minor amputation procedure which may last for 30 to 40 minutes depending upon the extent of amputation.
  • The procedure involves the amputation of the toe or the foot depending upon the severity. The commonest technique used is a ‘Ray amputation’, where the toe and a small portion of the corresponding metatarsal bone is removed.
  • Depending upon the extent of amputation done, the procedure is further classified into distal amputation (where only the distal phalangeal bone is removed), intermediate amputation (which involves the removal of the proximal inter-phalangeal joint) or proximal amputation (which involves the removal of the toe up to the meta-tarso-phalangeal joint).
  • Occasionally a forefoot amputation is conducted when more than one toe is affected by gangrene. In forefoot amputation all the toes and the ball of the foot are removed.
  • The procedure involves the removal of a considerable amount of debris in order to avoid any form of subsequent secondary infection.
  • The wound may be kept open if too much of skin is removed or if the infection is severe. The healthcare team will take precautions to protect the wound and promote quick healing

Post operative care after Toe Amputation:

  • The patient is advised to take pain reliving tablets and a course of antibiotics (which may have been started prior to the surgery) to reduce pain and avert chances of an infection.
  • Cold fomentation would be helpful for the first few hours after the amputation surgery. ” For the first two days and most of the first week, the patient is advised to restrict movement.
  • Stitches are removed about two to three weeks after the procedure. After the removal of the stitches patients are advised to wear sport shoes for up to two months after the procedure to facilitate the process of healing
  • Some patients may complain of an unusual sensation at the site of the location. It is best for the patient to apply face cream and massage the site with light hands to reduce scar sensitivity.

Risks or problems associated with toe amputation surgery

  • Post operative infection at the site of amputation is a common problem. This may result in increased pain and swelling at the site and antibiotics are normally given to prevent this.
  • The healing may be delayed in some patients, with poorly controlled diabetes or infections
  • The scar tissue may thicken or may become tender which would take about ten to twelve months to recover
  • Occasionally the patient may feel a numb patch of skin around the wound which would resolve within a couple of months after the surgery.

Toe amputation surgery in India:

India excels in providing quality and cheap health care services to overseas tourists. As per available data, Indian hospitals treated over 150,000 foreign tourists in 2004 and the projections suggest an annual rise in medical tourists by over 15%. India provides several advantages. It is the cheapest medical tourism destination in South East Asia, a large portion of the population speaks English, which makes communication easy and most of the healthcare facilities are housed with the latest and hi tech medical equipments, which have increased the precision of diagnosis and treatment.

Toe amputation surgery in Mexico:

As Mexico shares its border with the United States, it is preferred by many Americans due to its mere proximity. Further health packages in Mexico provide as much as 75% off on the price of comparable procedure in the United States, without any compromise in the quality of medical care. This has helped Mexican health system gain the position of the 61st best healthcare system in the world by the World Health Organization. 

Toe amputation surgery in Turkey:

Over 200,000 medical tourists visit Turkey annually, mostly from Middle Eastern and European Countries, in lieu of low cost and international quality of medical care services. Turkey has a strong and robust private medical care infrastructure and has highly skilled teams of medical professionals who assure the best quality of clinical advice to the patients. With direct intervention by the state to improve the healthcare quality and compliance with international standards, Turkey is rapidly emerging as one of the best medical tourism destinations.

Toe amputation surgery in Jordan:

In 2007, Jordan experienced an inflow of 250,000 medical tourists from almost 80 different countries from around the world. This is a direct outcome of an internationally acceptable healthcare infrastructure and medical care quality provided by private sector hospitals in the country. Jordan’s success has helped it gain a position in the top five medical tourism destinations in the world. With its superior quality and cost advantage, more and more numbers of Americans are viewing Jordan as an option for gaining medical care.

Toe amputation surgery in South Korea:

Located in the Far East, South Korea caters to international patients from neighboring countries, Europe and North America. This is due to its international image as a technologically advanced nation with the latest medical equipments installed in almost all its major private sector hospitals. With the government taking an active interest in promoting medical tourism in the country, the country has experienced substantial improvement in quality standards and medical care protocols.

Medical Tourism Corporation facilitates low cost toe amputation surgery Abroad at International Locations including Mexico and India, Turkey, Jordan, South Korea. Fill out the free estimate request form for a free quote & more information.

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