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(ăm'pyətā`shən), removal of all or part of a limb or other body part. Although amputation has been practiced for centuries, the development of sophisticated techniques for treatment and prevention of infection has greatly decreased its necessity. Surgical amputation is currently performed in cases of bone and tissue cancers, gangrene, and uncontrollable infections of the arm or leg. An amputation is performed as far above the affected area as is necessary to remove all unhealthy tissue and to leave a portion of sound tissue with which to pad the bone stump. Whenever possible amputations are performed at points on the limb that permit the fitting of prosthetic devices (see artificial limbartificial limb,
mechanical replacement for a missing limb. An artificial limb, called a prosthesis, must be light and flexible to permit easy movement, but must also be sufficiently sturdy to support the weight of the body or to manipulate objects.
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). Ceremonial amputation of finger joints has been practiced in parts of Australia and Africa in conjunction with male initiation rites. In some areas of New Guinea women have finger joints amputated to signify mourning.

What does it mean when you dream about an amputation?

Amputation has different connotations depending on the tone of the dream. When amputations do not refer to actual removal of limbs, they refer to the radical removal of something from one’s life. Positively, a dream about an amputation may refer to the removal of something that, although formerly quite close to the individual, is no longer necessary or desirable. Negatively, it may mean the abandonment of talents and powers represented by the amputated limb. Sometimes amputation may also represent a situation that one has been ignoring but which has finally reached a crisis point.


The surgical, congenital, or spontaneous removal of a limb or projecting body part.


This is a frightening dream which may be due to anxiety and fear. It suggests feelings of frustration, anger, and powerlessness on the part of the dreamer. This dream may also be related to a radical removal of something from one’s life. Some believe that you are trying to get rid of something that is no longer desirable or necessary or that the limb or the part being amputated has lost its power. According to New Age thinking, the right side of the body is usually associated with the ability to give emotionally, psychologically and physically to yourself and others, while the left is linked with the ability to receive. Carl Jung said that the left side represents the unconscious while the right indicates the conscious
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Mr Williams said in the first five months of this year he has not performed any major amputations as a result of diabetic foot disease.
There was immediate relief of pain; the progression of gangrene stopped, and ulcers healed, a major amputation was avoided in 90% of patients.
2] reduces the rate of major amputation in patients who have chronic foot ulcers as a complication of diabetes.
Subsequent studies have found that initial LLA rates have been decreasing in the veteran population with diabetes for both minor and major amputations [7].
This pivotal trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of autologous concentrated BMA to prevent or delay major amputation and/or death in subjects with CLI.
Barshes, MD, MPH said there were 780 in the infrainguinal bypass group and 792 patients in the major amputation group, with no significant differences among the demographic, preoperative or anesthetic variables.
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Primary endpoints, including technical success of the revascularization procedure, primary patency, freedom from major amputation and survival at follow-up, rival those of conventional bypass surgery.
Six of the patients avoided major amputation through restored blood flow that eliminated their constant pain and healed their ulcerations.

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