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How does amputation affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Amputation is one of the most traumatic things that can happen to the body. It can affect a person both physically and emotionally. While the wound from an amputation may heal in a month or two, recovery might also involve long-term rehabilitation and adjusting to life with a prosthesis, or artificial limb. Some people with amputations feel phantom pain, or a sense of pain in the removed limb. Many people find it difficult to cope with the discomfort and the loss of independence that may accompany an amputation.

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