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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants
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ISSN Imprimir: 1050-6934
ISSN En Línea: 1940-4379

Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

DOI: 10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.2020033148
pages 205-207

Lower Limb Stump Fistula Treated with Laser Ablation. A Possible Alternative Minimal Invasive Technique

Dimitrios Filippou
Department of Anatomy and Surgical Anatomy, Medical School, National and Kapodestrian University of Athens · Athens, GRC
Stavros Angelis
2nd Orthopaedic Department, General Children's Hospital, Athens, Greece; Orthopaedic and Trauma Department, Hellenic Red Cross Hospital, Athens, Greece
Alexandros P. Apostolopoulos
Trauma and Orthopaedic Department, "Korgialenio-Benakio" Hellenic Red Cross Hospital, Athens, Greece; Trauma and Orthopaedic Department, Ealing Hospital, North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom
Georgios Vynichakis
2nd Orthopaedic Department, General Children's Hospital, Athens, Greece; Panagiotis and Agliaia Kyriakou Childrens Hospital, Athens, Greece
Marios Salmas
Anatomy and Surgery Anatomy Laboratory, Anatomy Department, Medical School of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Konstantinos Vlasis
Anatomy Department, Medical School, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece


Stump-wound infections are a common cause of complications after amputation. Wound infections, usually after major lower-limb amputation, vascular disease, or trauma, may lead to fistula formation. The main therapeutic options for these infections include antibiotic administration alone or antibiotic treatment in combination with surgery. Fistula management may require multiple surgical interventions that increase morbidity and cost and require long-term treatment prohibiting early mobilization of patients. We present a novel technique based on diode laser energy to destroy the fistula tract. This method has been applied on two patients with excellent results. It is easy to perform, safe, repetitive, well tolerated, and it can be performed under local anesthesia. This technique seems to offer excellent results.


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