Amputation Definition - What Is Amputation

What is amputation ?

Amputation is the drop off or losing a body part in an accident.


Possible causes of an amputation include:
  • After accidents (traffic accidents, bomb explosions, industrial accidents) that a body part is cut or torn off.
  • After such severe damage to a body that recovery is not possible, surgeons sometimes remove it.
  • With rapidly advancing infections (such as gangrene) may need to turn off the affected limb to save the life of the patient.
  • Also, amputation may be required on malignant tumors in a body part that may metastasize.
  • Upon closure of the blood vessels resulting in necrosis. (atherosclerosis, diabetes)
  • As someone with a body becomes trapped with no possibility to lift the crushing sufficiently rapidly (for example, an earthquake or a car accident)
  • If punishment is amputation of a body part, such as a hand, used in some countries. This occurs particularly in Islamic countries where sharia is in force.
  • As a result of criminal violence.
  • As a result of severe burns, in which body parts are severely damaged.
  • As a result of a venomous bite ulcers causing necrotic arise. For example, a bit in one of the lead fingers to the amputation of that finger, or even of the hand.
  • Congenital: a birth where certain body parts are so deformed that they will prevent the later functioning.

 is the drop off or losing a body part in an accident Amputation Definition - What Is Amputation


Amputation is the amputated usually a severe trauma, not only physically but also mentally. Besides the loss of the functions of the organ or body part amputation because very visible and evokes strong emotions among others. And even when not directly visible amputations is to process the victim saw a large and often for years until a grieving loss.

If there is a dysfunctional body that cause pain and severe discomfort can be passed to amputation after medical advice. In this case, the procedure can be done by amputation of the diseased or affected part of the body liberating work and offer more favorable future expectations to a patient. In a tumor with the risk of amputation of a limb extension can even be necessary in order to prevent further spread to the rest of the body.


If a limb is amputated, there is usually a reference to a rehabilitation doctor. This goes together with the patient to see what restrictions the amputation result. On the basis of the draft rehabilitation doctor's treatment plan and the patient by guiding rehabilitation with the support of a rehabilitation team. In the initial phase will mainly be taught to deal with the stump, this because without artificial limb (prosthesis) must be operated to avoid being dependent on a prosthesis. Later can then determine what functions of the missing limb can take over a prosthesis. It should be appreciated that a prosthesis, however, only a part can access the functionality of the body portion.

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