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Amputation refers to the complete or partial removal of a part of the body that is covered by skin, such as the limbs – arms or legs. An amputation may become necessary to remove damaged tissues or crushed bone that may have occurred as a result of an accident, at the battlefield, or any other reason.
The affected parts are surgically removed, so the infection or gangrene does not spread to other parts of the body.
The following are the instances under which an amputation surgery might be recommended by your surgeon:
Some of the most prominent risks of a surgical amputation are:
There are certain ways in which you need to prepare yourself for an impending amputation, both physically and mentally. Here are some guidelines on how you can prepare yourself for an amputation as a part of the pre-surgical care:
The procedure and severity of the surgery is determined by various factors:
Amputation can be undertaken under the influence of general anaesthesia, which is a medically induced sleep, or spinal anaesthesia, which numbs your body down from the waist. During the surgery, the damaged tissue from the affected limb is removed by the surgeon, leaving out on as much of the healthy tissue as possible.
A surgeon usually considers the following to decide the area of the limb to cut and portion of the tissue to remove.
Procedure for the surgery that is usually followed by the surgeon is:
Expectedly, you will be experiencing pain in and around the area that has been surgically amputated. The amputated area will be dressed and bandaged for 3 days and more, as per the discretion of your surgeon. He/she will also possibly install a tube to draw and dispose of the waste fluid from the surgical wound. You will also probably be prescribed painkillers and antibiotics.
Here is a list of things that will be a part of your post-surgical care:
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Leg or foot amputation https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007365.htm Accessed on 17/01/2020