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.
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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.
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.