Despite remarkable advances in medicine, limb amputations remain a therapeutic measure that saves the lives of many patients. Given the varied etiopathogenesis, such operations are performed both as an emergency and as an elective procedure. Such interventions address either only the distal segments of a limb, or even the entire limb, having a great psychological, functional and social impact on the patient. Due to these multiple implications, limb amputations must be performed by specialized teams, in order to achieve the best possible functional and aesthetic results to be compatible with the correction of the remaining deficit with a prosthesis. The main causes leading to amputations and the corresponding preventive measures are presented, as well as the general principles of amputations as a therapeutic solution of last resort. In conclusion, reducing the number of traffic/workplace accidents and effective treatment of chronic diseases affecting the vascular system can contribute to decreasing the need for amputations, a life-saving therapeutic solution, but with a devastating impact on the patient and society.
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Constantin, Vlad Denis; Socea, Bogdan; Gaspar, Bogdan Severus; Epistatu, Dragos; Paunica, Ioana; Dumitriu, Anca Silvia; Paunica, Stana; and Silaghi, Adrian
"Limb amputations; etiopathogenesis, diagnosis and the multidisciplinary therapeutic approach,"
Journal of Mind and Medical Sciences: Vol. 9:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholar.valpo.edu/jmms/vol9/iss2/3