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    Toe amputation - slow healing (Advice needed!)
    cmtsimon posted:
    My father had his big toe amputated in early May and the wound is still not closed. Does anyone have any suggestions on things that he could do to help speed the healing process? He has been using a wound vac on and off - he recently went to a new doctor and they will be starting this treatment again with more consistency. He's been off work for over three months and besides being bored, I know the finanical strain is starting to get to him and my mom. He works on his feet so he can't go back to work until the wound is completely closed. Any suggestions on other treatments that he could try are very appreciated. Thanks in advance!
    dianer01 responded:

    you said your dad was going to a new doctor, is this by any chance a wound care specialist? There are doctors who do specialize in wound care and may be able to help. They are often plastic surgeons with a wound care specialty.

    What your dad can do is keep his blood sugar in as good of control as possible, if he smokes, stop and closely follow the directions of the doctor.

    My other thought is if he had the toe removed due to complcations of diabetes, the wound may continue to be slow healing due to circulation issues in his feet, but my guidance still stands.

    my best to both of you

    cmtsimon replied to dianer01's response:
    Thank you! I believe his new doctor is a plastic surgeon with a specialty in wound care. He does not smoke, although he chewed tobacco for many years. One blessing that has come out of this situation is that he has quit that. He also had some angioplasty done to improve circulation to his feet as they found there was a lot of blockage. Are there any kinds of medical treatments that help the healing? I believe this week they are going to rough up the area and put the wound vac back on to see if that will help the healing process.

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