Amputation (generic)

Last revised by Yahya Baba on 17 Feb 2023

The term amputation refers to the disconnection of all or part of a limb from the body. Specifically, amputation is defined as the removal of the structure through a bone. This is in contrast to disarticulation, which is the removal of the structure through a joint.

When due to trauma, traumatic amputation can be disastrous, severing vital structures. Whereas surgical amputation is a controlled procedure that allows reconstruction of the stump (for function or use with prostheses thereafter). Amputations can also be congenital and autoamputation can also occur in the diabetic foot.

Different types of amputations are described:

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