Once the circulation is restored can there be any other problems?

Grafts in injured vessels can get blocked, infected or bleed again despite every precaution.
Even if all goes well sometimes on restoring the circulation to the leg which has not had circulation for over 6-12 hours, the poisons may go into the blood and circulate all over the body making the patient very sick. This is called reperfusion injury and can be life-threatening. There is also a strong possibility of the kidneys shutting down and the patient going on dialysis.

Is amputation a possibility?

Definitely yes! If there is much time lost before revascularization and the leg is cold, numb, blue and without movement. In such cases, it may be wise to amputate the limb because ‘Life is more important than limb’.

The future of Vascular Trauma.

Vascular Trauma is one of the leading causes of death all over the world and is on the increase due to faster cars and motorcycles. That is why it is mandatory to wear seat belts and speed limits have been enforced.

What is the way forward?

Improved medical serves, faster transport, well trained and efficient paramedical staff and better and more affordable medical facilities all over the country.

Content Reviewed by – Dr. Jaisom Chopra

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