An amputation is the surgical removal ofpart of the body,such asan arm or leg.
This topic may be helpful if you or a member of your family has recently had an amputationor is about to have one. It covers:
How amputations are carried out
Help and support
Information about amputation, including why and how it's carried out, recovery and rehabilitation, prosthetics, stump care and possible complications.
An amputation may be needed if: you have a severe infection in your limb your limb has been affected by gangrene (often as a result of peripheral arterial disease) there's serious trauma to your
Unless you need to have anemergency amputation, you'll be fully assessed before surgery to identify themost suitable type of amputation and any factors that may affect your rehabilitation. The assess
Amputations can be carried outunder general anaesthetic (where you're unconscious)or using an epidural anaesthetic (which numbs the lower half of the body). Once the limb has been removed, a number o
After surgery, you'll usually be given oxygen through a mask and fluids through a drip for the first few days while you recover on the ward. A small flexible tube (a urinary catheter ) may be placed
After an amputation, you may be able to have a prosthetic limb fitted. Prosthetic limbs aren't suitable for everyone who's had an amputation because an extensive course of physiotherapy and rehabili
It's very important to keep the skin on the surface of your stump clean to reduce the risk of it becoming irritated or infected. Gently wash your stump at least once a day (more frequently in hot wea
The loss of a limb can have a considerable psychological impact. Many people who've had an amputation report feeling emotions such as grief and bereavement, similar to experiencing the death of a love
Being told you need to have a limb amputated can be a devastating and frightening experience. Adjusting to life after an amputation can be challenging, but many people enjoy a good quality of life onc