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What are the treatment options before and after an amputation?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Before an amputation, doctors will try to save a damaged limb by using antibiotics to stop an infection, repairing damaged blood vessels, or increasing blood supply where it's low. If these treatments fail to work, a doctor may consider doing an amputation.

After an amputation, physical therapy and exercise are important. Many people who have amputations get prostheses, or artificial limbs. It can take a good deal of practice to learn how to use a prosthesis. But if it fits well, it can help greatly to restore movement and independence.

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