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How many people have an amputation each year?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

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 because of trauma have been declining over recent years, as have amputations from cancer. However, amputations because of vascular diseases, such as diabetes, are increasing.

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