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Lower limb amputation 

Lower limb amputation
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Lower limb amputation
Author(s):

Jonathan Beard

and Wissam Al-Jundi

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199658220.003.0031
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date: 19 September 2019

The main aim of vascular surgery is to save life, or to improve and preserve the quality of life. Despite improvements in limb-salvage rates, amputation may be the only possible treatment for a limb affected by trauma, infection, tumour, or ischaemia. Although often considered to be a failure, when appropriately performed, amputation can improve the quality of life for many patients and should be considered in a positive light by both surgeon and patient. This chapter presents a brief review of the indications for lower limb amputation and the principles of level selection. The surgical techniques for the commonly performed amputations are described, together with a discussion about the importance of post-operative pain control and rehabilitation.

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