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How common are amputations?

One of every 200 Americans is an amputee, according to the National Limb Loss Information Center (NLLIC).

The rate of amputations has declined by about 50 percent during the past 10 years, but the rate of amputations due to peripheral artery disease and amputations is increasing. Obesity and increased longevity might be underlying causes for this trend.

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