Amputation as a Physical Disability
- Q What is amputation?
Amputation is the removal of all or part of a limb. Limbs may be amputated for a few reasons: they may be affecting your health due to a tumor or an infection, or they may be causing you severe pain without being functional. Most amputations are the... Full Answer
- Q How long does it take to recover from an amputation?
After surgery, the wound from an amputation may take one or two months to heal. A patient will probably stay in the hospital for up to two weeks, provided there are no complications. Amputees who get prostheses, or artificial limbs, may be able to start... Full Answer
- Q How many people have an amputation each year?
Approximately 1 in every 200 people in the United States has undergone an amputation. Annually, in the U.S., approximately 156,000 people have an amputation. There are currently over 1.7 million people in the U.S. with an amputated limb. Amputations... Full Answer
- Q How do I preserve an amputated body part?
Dr. Rachel Rohde, Orthopedic SurgeryI am so glad you asked this question; as a hand surgeon, I often see patients in the emergency room after unfortunate accidents involving their fingers. Most people bring the part in "on ice." Unfortunately, putting it directly on ice can damage the... Full Answer