Amputation - Medical Negligence Solicitors Compensation Claims UK


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Amputation Information

An amputation is a procedure that involves removal of an extremity of the body or part of an extremity due to trauma, poor circulation in the limb or other diseases affecting circulation and nerve function. The most common amputation is either an above the knee amputation or a below the knee amputation for diabetic circulatory complications or atherosclerosis of the major or minor vessels of the leg.

Poor circulation is perhaps the most common reason for an amputation. The disease mainly causing this condition is peripheral artery disease or PAD. This occurs in people aged 50-75 years who have atherosclerosis or diabetes. Plaque builds up inside the artery wall and the blood flow is blocked to the distal extremities. The tissue becomes necrotic (dies off) and an amputation becomes necessary. Sometimes there is irreparable infection in the affected extremity.

Amputations can be done in situations where there is an acute or chronic infection in a limb that doesn’t respond to antibiotic therapy. As the tissue is debrided, it becomes obvious that no amount of debriding will work and an amputation is necessary. Amputations can be done for neuromas, frostbite or acute arterial blockage of the extremity. In young people, the leading cause of amputations is trauma, along with cancerous tumors or burns of the distal extremity that don’t respond to conservative measures.

There are risks and complications to having an amputation. Patients with heart disease, diabetes, or infection carry a higher risk of complications after having an amputation than with those who have none of these diseases. If the patient has had a trauma to the extremities, there is a higher risk of complications as well. Above the knee amputations happen to people at higher risk because of poor health; these are therefore riskier than having a below the knee amputation.

Complications can occur whenever there is a joint deformity, infection, wound opening, or a haematoma. Deep vein thrombosis in the good leg can increase the complication rate in amputation victims. This can result in a pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal.

Diabetics have special needs during an amputation. Blood sugar levels can go haywire during the infection of the foot and around the time of surgery.

Having an amputation means that you will be in the hospital and will stay there for a while. The amputation can be done under general anaesthesia or spinal anaesthesia. With spinal anaesthesia, there is no feeling from the waist down so it is only good for leg amputations, including toe, foot, or part of the foot amputations. Your doctor will tell you what kind of anaesthesia you should get.

Following the procedure, you will be taken for observation in the recovery room. The circulation and sensation of the amputated limb will be assessed at frequent intervals. When you are stable, you will go to a hospital bed. Pain medications and antibiotics will be given and your amputation dressing will be watched for drainage or bleeding.

You will soon receive physical therapy with the goal of gentle stretching of the affected limb while the stump is healing. You will learn how to get out of a bed unassisted and out of a wheelchair unassisted. You may learn how to walk with a pair of crutches. You will learn how to bear weight on your unaffected limb.

The ultimate goal is to be fitted with a prosthesis which will allow you to walk normally. Specialists will visit with you in the hospital and continue helping you get a prosthesis, which will happen as early as 10-14 days after the surgery. When you are healing well, you will be taught how to change your dressing and will be sent home with instructions as to when you will come back for prosthetic fittings.

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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here