Amputation is a surgeral procedure to remove all or part of an arm or leg. It may be done to treat injury, disease, or infection. It may also be done to remove tumors from bones and muscles.
- poor blood flow. When this occurs in the arms or legs, it’s called peripheral arterial disease or PAD. PAD most often occurs between the ages of 50 to 75. It usually results from diabetes or atherosclerosis.
- injury, such as severe burn or accident, or cancer in a limb.
- serious infections that do not respond to antibiotics or other treatment
- frostbite (when exposure to cold temperatures causes freezing to the skin or other tissues)
- neuroma. This is a thickening of nerve tissue.
There may be other reasons you may need an amputation.