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Types of post-accident amputations

| Mar 12, 2019 | Serious Injuries |

People in Ohio who are involved in any type of motor vehicle accident may find themselves with lifelong injuries as a result of the incidents. In some cases, damage to an arm or a leg may not be able to be repaired fully and a person might have to undergo an amputation. It can be helpful to have a basic understanding of what might be involved in amputation surgery and recovery and how a person can move forward in their life after such an experience.

WebMD explains that one thing many people might encounter after losing a limb is something referred to as phantom pain. This may involve some type of pain or sensation at the area where the amputated limb used to be. The loss of a leg or an arm may also be a difficult thing for people to process emotionally, making grief counseling or other therapy an important part of the recovery process.

Very Well Health indicates that there are multiple types of leg amputations that involve the loss of different parts of the limb and its joints. If a person’s leg is amputated below the knee so that the knee cap and joint remain intact, they may have an easier time being fit for a prosthesis. The use of these devices can significantly aid future independence and mobility. This is one of the more common forms of a leg amputation.

An amputation above the knee, called a transfemoral amputation, may have a higher risk of post-surgical complications. The lack of a knee cap also hinders optimal use of a prosthesis.