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.
Prevention and Early Intervention for Diabetes Foot Problems
Diabetic foot problems eventually lead to lower limb amputations in some high risk persons. This article, written for physicians, summarizes the relevant data.
Medicare Coverage of Therapeutic Footwear for People with Diabetes
WebMD explains coverage under Medicare Part B for people with diabetes who may need special foot wear.
Diagnosis & Treatment of Frostbite
WebMD discusses the diagnosis and treatment of frostbite.
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.