Virtual Amputation as a Conservative Surgical Approach in Treating Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis- A Case Series RR01-RR04
Dr. Mohd Yazid Bajuri,
Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, W.P Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis (DFO) has been described as one of the factor that can interrupt the healing process of a Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU). It shows that it has a significant correlation with lower limb amputation. One of the methods to treat this condition is by virtual amputation in which the infected bone is debrided with the ulcer site and the wound has a better chance to heal faster. This also shortens the duration of antibiotic course. We present a case series consisting of six patients that have been treated with virtual amputation from June 2017 till August 2017. These patients were treated by removing part of the osteomyelitic bone and dead tissues. Although there is no bone to support but the surrounding soft tissue coverage helps to maintain the configuration of the affected part in which it retained good appearance, cosmetically.