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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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Although the ratio of compartment syndrome was higher in the minor amputation group (60%) than in the major amputation group (38.
In patients who underwent major amputation, the mean hospitalization duration was an average of six days longer than that in the minor amputation group.
2) Number of minor amputation patients (n, %) n=20, 48.
All consecutive patients who had undergone either a crural or pedal bypass accompanied with minor amputation because of Fontaine Class IV critical limb ischemia from 1999 to 2009 at Department of General Surgery Istanbul Medical Faculty Istanbul University were retrospectively evaluated.
Our results show that although not excellent limbs that are salvaged with crural or pedal bypasses may provide a moderate quality of life and limb function despite an associated minor amputation.
While conducting this study the main idea was to evaluate the functional outcome of the limbs salvaged despite a minor amputation in the long term.
15-18We found similar outcomes between patients who received antibiotherapy alone and those who underwent concurrent minor amputation.
Subject to all these factors longer antibiotherapy and hospitalization duration in AB-MAG can be considered as normal even though minor amputation was performed.
Becau se our analysis is based on hospital discharges, it is possible that the decline reflects a change in medical practices concerning hospital admission for relatively minor amputations.
At baseline, there were no significant differences between the two groups in the number of minor amputations and in the number of revascularizations.
At the end of study's follow-up, the frequency of minor amputations was significantly higher in the iodine group compared to the Dermacyn group; healing times were significantly faster in the Dermacyn group (p=.