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An amputation is a surgery done to remove a part of the body, such as an arm or leg.Learn More
An amputation may be required if:
Amputations can either be carried out under general anesthetic or by using an epidural anesthetic. Once your limb has been removed, several additional techniques can be used to improve the function of the remaining limb and reduce your risk of complications.
These could include shortening and smoothing the bone in your remaining limb, so it's covered by tissue and muscle, and stitching the remaining muscle to the bones to help strengthen your remaining limb.
After the amputation surgery, your wound will be sealed. It will also be covered with a bandage and a tube may be placed under your skin to drain away any excess fluid. The bandage will generally need to be kept in place for a few days to reduce the risk of infection.
After amputation surgery, you will usually be given oxygen through a mask and fluids through a drip for the first few days while you recover on the ward. A urinary catheter may also be placed in your bladder during surgery to drain away your urine. The site of the operation may be painful, so you will be given painkillers if you need them.
Many people who have an amputation experience stump pain or phantom limb pain.
Phantom limb sensation is pain that may seem to be coming from the amputated limb. Generally, these can be pretty painful. However, sump and phantom limb pain usually improves over time and treatments are available to help relieve the symptoms.
Once your wound starts healing, you may start working on an exercise regimen with a physiotherapist to help you maintain your mobility and muscle strength.
If you have a prosthetic limb fitted, your physiotherapist will teach you how to use it.
The length of time it will take before you're ready to go home will depend on the type of amputation you have had and your general state of health.
Having a limb amputated can be a devastating and frightening experience. Adjusting to life after an amputation can be difficult, but many people who under an amputation generally enjoy a good quality of life once they have managed to adapt.
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