Which medications are useful before and after an amputation?


Many types of medications can be used to try to prevent an amputation. The type of medication depends upon the condition that may be leading to an amputation.

  • People with infections may get antibiotics to stop the spread of the infection before it causes severe damage.
  • Cancer patients may receive chemotherapy, which can help kill cancer cells and even make an amputation more effective.
  • People with peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, may receive medications to control cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, or blood clots.
  • After an amputation, a doctor might prescribe antibiotics to stop an infection. Some patients may receive pain medication to deal with the discomfort caused by the procedure.

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Amputation as a Physical Disability

The National Library of Medicine defines an amputee as a person who as lost a limb, an arm or a leg. While other amputations (such as breast) are done, they are considered differently. The most common reason for amputation is not ...

injury, but peripheral artery disease. Other reasons include cancer or an extremely severe infection that is not responding. Amputees may have phantom pain which is pain that seems to be in the limb that is missing. This often goes away after a period of weeks to months. Part of rehabilitation after an amputation may be fitting with an artificial or prosthetic limb and training in how to use it. Amputees are encouraged to exercise, and special prosthetics have been developed to help golf swings or enable skiing.

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