Amputation is the partial or entire removal of a body part covered by skin. Removal of the body part usually occurs during surgery in a hospital operating room. It is done to stop the spread of gangrene, diabetes, arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), or any other condition that weakens blood flow. Amputation is also performed to impede the spread of bone cancer and to minimize loss of blood and infection in a person who has endured severe, irreparable damage to a limb.
Amputation can happen as a result of an accident, animal attack, or during war.
Orthotic and Prosthetics