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VOLUME 8 , ISSUE 2 ( April-June, 2021 ) > List of Articles


Syme's Amputation: Do We Need It in 2020?

Uttam C Saini, Sanjay S Rawat

Citation Information : Saini UC, Rawat SS. Syme's Amputation: Do We Need It in 2020?. J Foot Ankle Surg Asia-Pacific 2021; 8 (2):86-90.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10040-1156

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-06-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Syme's amputation was initially described during the pre-antisepsis and pre-antibiotic era and was found useful in many situations. Over time, this amputation technique lost favor due to associated complications and a cosmetically unacceptable prosthesis. The original technique was modified over the years, with reduced complications and improved outcomes and gait. We discuss here the evolution of Syme's amputation, its modifications, the importance of preoperative evaluation, and critical intraoperative steps for the success of the procedure.

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