Effects of Amputation

The effects of an amputation will be very much dependant upon which limb has been amputated, the size of the remaining stump and any pre-existing medical conditions.

Effects can be physical, psychological or both.

Some amputees may also experience Phantom Limb Pain.

The risks of complications from amputation are influenced by a number of factors such as age, type of amputation and general state of health.

Complications that may arise from amputation include;

  • Heart complications, such as heart attack or heart failure
  • Blood clots (venous thrombosis)
  • Infection at the site of surgery
  • Pneumonia
  • Further surgery being required

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