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What is amputation?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Amputation is the removal of all or part of a limb. Limbs may be amputated for a few reasons: they may be affecting your health due to a tumor or an infection, or they may be causing you severe pain without being functional. Most amputations are the result of a serious injury, such as from a car crash, or a disease, such as cancer or atherosclerosis. Amputation is a last-resort treatment option. Before considering amputation, a doctor will determine whether the limb in question can be saved.

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