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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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21) on diabetes-related incidence rates, there are three methods for counting the number of LLA cases and therefore determining the numerator: 1) person-level: when only one amputation per person is counted; 2) case-level: when only one amputation per limb on the same admission is counted but amputations on different admissions are counted separately; and 3) procedural-level: when all amputation procedures regardless of whether carried out at the same or different admissions are counted separately.
The most common amputation level was transtibial, followed by unilateral above the knee, bilateral above the knee, and bilateral transtibial amputations as previously characterized by Krueger et al.
Amputations are also carried out in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Sudan and in some states in Nigeria.
Liverpool health chiefs say local doctors may be more proactive in doing minor amputations, which can help cut the risk of needing bigger ones in future.
The Food and Drug Administration has added a boxed warning to the label of diabetes drug canagliflozin for the risk of lower limb amputation.
Internal toe or ray amputations were performed during debridement, and the wounds were left open.
Glycated hemoglobin as a risk factor for lower extremity amputations in diabetes: success is counted sweetest.
Educating parents and taking safety measures for protecting children from electrical contact points are as important as educating workers for diminishing the incidence of electrical burn-related amputations.
A 46-year-old worker suffered the amputation of four fingers on his right hand when a feed machine cycled as he reached inside an access door to assist another employee with maintenance.
Amputation is becoming commonplace - as a complication of diabetes.