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.
The Link Between Diabetes and Amputation
Diabetes can up your odds of amputation. Learn more about how the kidney disease can affect your legs and feet.
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.
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.
WebMD explains first aid steps for treating an accidental amputation.