An amputation is a surgery to remove a body part. It is removed because of disease or damage.
Above the Knee Amputation
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An amputation is typically done for one of the following reasons:
Peripheral arterial disease
- Untreatable pain
- Severe soft tissue infection
- Severe trauma that cannot be repaired
- Complications of diabetes
- Untreatable bone infection (osteomyelitis)
- Malignant tumor
- Congenital deformity (present at birth)
- Severe frostbite
Complications of connective tissue diseases, such as:
Last reviewedDecember 2012by John C. Keel, MD
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