The word amputation generally means the severing or removal of a limb or part of a limb.
It is important to differentiate between amputation as a result of a surgical procedure and amputation due to a traumatic accident. Amputation as a surgical procedure is usually only carried out as a last resort to save the life of a patient or when a limb is so severely diseased that no recovery is possible.
Causes of Amputation
Some of the reasons that make a surgical amputation necessary may be: accidents, infections, gangrene or cancer. Emergency amputations are sometimes carried out at the scene of accidents by emergency medical teams when the victims are trapped in such a way that there is no other way to save their lives. There are still a number of amputations as a punishment for certain crimes.
Lower Extremity Amputation
Upper Extremity Amputation