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Am I at risk for infection with amputation and a prosthetic limb?

Yes, there is still some risk of infection with amputation and a prosthetic limb. Infection may occur when the prosthesis rubs against the stump and causes irritation, rash, blisters, pimples, abscesses or sores. Because the prosthesis socket is airtight and damp, it provides the perfect warm, moist environment for bacterial infections to grow and spread. Along with infection, there are complications that can arise from the amputation itself such as a hematoma (bruise), necrosis (death of skin flaps), a wound opening that does not heal, and contractures (a joint tightening or deformity). With early diagnosis, proper medical treatment and excellent home hygiene, you can avoid most serious problems that can occur with amputation and a prosthetic limb. 

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