The patient will be positioned supine with a tourniquet on their upper thigh.
Either a 15 blade or a 10 blade loaded on a #3 knife handle will be used to make the initial skin incision. A new blade should be used after as a “deep” knife to limit infection . . .
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5 thoughts on “Leg Amputation (BKA) (AKA)”
What type of sutures and screws are used? what dressing will be placed in order from deep to superficial?
Deep sutures used are commonly 0, 2-0, and 3-0 Vicryl. Monocryl and Nylon are commonly used to close the skin. I have seen Zeroform, 4×4 dressing sponges, ABD pads, Kerlix, and an Ace bandage all used for dressings, and that would be the order they’d be applied.
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What size nylon is typically used? Do you know the needle names for the sutures used?
3-0 and 4-0 Nylon are going to be the most popularly used for the skin. For the smaller vicryl, a SH needle can be used, and for bigger ones, a CT-1 will be sufficient. PS-2 is common for Monocryl, and PS for Nylons.
Above or below knee amputation