An amputation is a surgery to remove a body part. It is removed because of disease or damage.

Above the Knee Amputation
cropped leg
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An amputation is typically done for one of the following reasons:

  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) causing:
    • Gangrene
    • 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: