Amputations and Limb Loss
Car accidents, construction site accidents and medical malpractice cause many amputations, which are separated into four primary categories:
- dysvascular-related amputations;
- trauma-related amputations;
- cancer-related amputations; and
- congenital-related amputations.
Trauma-related amputations, such as when an arm or leg is severed in a car accident, are the second most common type of amputation. More trauma-related amputations (i.e., 68%) are of the upper limbs. Trauma-related amputations are more common in men than women, and most frequently involve loss of a finger (51%), and loss of a thumb (12%). Least common trauma amputations are shoulder, transhumeral and transradial.
Cancer-related amputations are the next frequent. If a cancerous tumor is located within a limb, that limb may be amputated in order to prevent the cancer from spreading to other regions of the body, or to remove a limb severely ravaged by cancer. Amputation may also be joined with radiati, or chemotherapy to increase the efficacy of a cancer operation. One our of every three cancer-related amputations is of the lower limbs.
Many people who have lost a limb or undergone an amputation are candidates for an artificial limb, also known as a prosthetic limb, which attaches to a stump. There are four main types of artificial limbs:
- transtibial (replacing a leg missing below the knee);
- transfemoral (replacing a les missing above the knee);
- transradial (replacing an arm missing below the elbow); and
- transhumeral (replacing an arm missing above the elbow).
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