An amputation is the removal of a part of the body that is covered by skin (not an internal organ). Common amputations include arm, leg, foot, and hand amputations. An amputation may be done because of injury, frostbite, gangrene, and more. Where the limb is cut will depend on how severe the problem is and how well a prosthetic limb will fit. Some amputations are accidental -- they may occur in a car accident, due to an animal bite, or due to other trauma. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about amputations, why they occur, how to prevent them, what to expect from an amputation, and more.
Limb Amputation: Reasons, Procedure, Recovery
WebMD provides an overview of amputation, including reasons why a limb may need to be amputated and recovery from surgery.
Using Prosthetic Limbs: Safety, Care, and Concerns
After an amputation, many choose to use a prosthetic arm, hand, leg, or foot. Learn more from WebMD about these devices and how to use them.
Emergency Care for an Accidental Amputation-Topic Overview
Amputation is the removal of a body part. This can be done by a health professional in a hospital setting, such as when a foot must be amputated because of diabetes complications. However, amputation may also happen during an accident.An amputation may be complete (the body part is completely removed or cut off) or partial (much of the body part is cut off, but it remains attached to the rest of .
Diabetes: Amputation for Foot Problems-Topic Overview
Blood vessel and nerve damage associated with diabetes can lead to serious infections that are extremely difficult to treat. Often the first place you have a problem is your feet. When you lose the ability to feel your toes and feet,you are more likely to injure them without knowing it. Even a minor injury,such as a small cut,can develop into an ulcer and a serious infection. Infections of ...