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Amputation

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Introduction
An amputation is the surgical removal of part of the body, usually a leg or an arm. People with diabetes are particularly at risk.
Why amputation is necessary
Three of the most common reasons for carrying out an amputation are gangrene, atherosclerosis or trauma (a serious injury to a limb or part of a limb).
How amputation is performed
There are two main types of amputation: lower limb amputation (the foot and part of the leg); and upper limb amputation (the hand and part of the arm).
Recovering from an amputation
There will be a range of different health professionals involved in your recovery, such as a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist.
Complications of amputation
There are a number of factors that influence the risk of complications from amputation, such as your age, the type of amputation and your general health.