Medical Dictionary

Syme's amputation

noun \ ˈsīmz- \
variants: or Syme amputation play \ˈsīm-\

medical Definition of Syme's amputation

: amputation of the foot through the articulation of the ankle with removal of the malleoli of the tibia and fibula — compare pirogoff's amputation

Biographical Note for syme's amputation

  • Syme, James (1799–1870), British surgeon. Syme was generally recognized as one of the leading surgical authorities of his time. During his lifetime he held the positions of surgeon to the queen in Scotland, senior attending surgeon at the Royal Infirmary, and professor of clinical surgery at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He performed his first amputation at the ankle on a patient suffering from osteomyelitis of the foot. He described the operation in an 1843 medical communication.

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