Renal Function as a Predictor of Early Transmetatarsal Amputation Failure

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Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major concern in patients with foot disease because it is associated with high rates of neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease, and poor wound healing. The purpose of this study was to evaluate renal dysfunction as a risk factor for reamputation after initial transmetatarsal amputation (TMA). Patients who underwent a TMA were retrospectively identified in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database. Of 2018 patients, reamputation after TMA occurred in 4.4%. End-stage renal disease (ESRD) was associated with 100% increased odds of TMA failure (adjusted odds ratio [OR] = 2.00; 95% CI = 1.10, 3.52), 128% increased odds of major amputation (adjusted OR = 2.28; 95% CI = 1.27, 3.96), and 182% increased odds of 30-day mortality (adjusted OR = 2.82; 95% CI = 1.69, 4.64). In addition, white blood cell count >10 000/mm3 and deep infection at the time of surgery were independently associated with TMA failure. In conclusion, severe renal dysfunction is associated with TMA failure in the short-term, perioperative period. There was no incremental increase in risk of TMA failure with worsening level of renal function before ESRD. A multidisciplinary approach should be implemented in patients with CKD to prevent foot-related pathologies that may necessitate lower-extremity amputation. Levels of Evidence: Level III: Retrospective cohort study

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-451
Number of pages13
JournalFoot and Ankle Specialist
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019


  • nephropathy
  • outcomes
  • reamputation
  • transmetatarsal amputation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Podiatry
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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