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Arm Amputation

Posted On: 04-28-2015
Arm Amputation

What is Arm Amputation?

An arm amputation involves the removal of all or part of the arm. This procedure is performed when there is severe injury to or disease of the arm.

Also Known As:

  • Arm surgery

Conditions Treated with Arm Amputation:

An arm may need to be amputated due to osteomyelitis, bone cancer, gangrene, or a severe arm deformity. Injury to the arm bones, nerves, arteries, and muscles can also result in arm amputation.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Arm Amputation:

There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to an arm amputation.

Anesthesia with Arm Amputation:

An arm amputation is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Arm Amputation:

Complications that can arise from an arm amputation include infection, bleeding, or a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. It is also possible to experience a heart attack, a stroke, or blood clotting. Some patients also find that they experience phantom limb pain following the procedure.

Recovery from Arm Amputation:

Total physical recovery from an arm amputation procedure can take about four to eight weeks. However, emotionally adjusting to the loss of the arm can take longer for many patients.

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