Patient Guide

Amputation

Amputation refers to the permanent removal of the whole or part of the limb of a patient.

Amputations of the leg are done more frequently than amputation of the arm.

Locally, the most common reasons leading to amputation are poorly controlled diabetes mellitus causing vascular and nerve dysfunctions, other vascular diseases, trauma and tumor.

Amputation is usually done as a last resort to safe the patient’s life. With the advent of better vascular surgery, lesser amputations are done nowadays compared to the past.