There are many reasons an amputation may be necessary. The most common is poor circulation because of damage or narrowing of the arteries, called peripheral arterial disease. Without adequate blood flow, the body's cells cannot get oxygen and nutrients they need from the bloodstream. As a result, the affected tissue begins to die and infection may set in.
Other causes for amputation may include:
There are many risk factors for amputation, such as:
The common symptoms of amputation are a part or all of an arm, leg, foot, hand, toe or finger amputated. Amputation can cause some complications including:
There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.
Before an amputation is performed, extensive testing is done to determine the proper level of amputation, including:
Treatment of amputation include:
Tell your doctor if you have any of the following:
The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with amputation:
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.