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amputation (ămˌpyətāˈshən), 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 limb). 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.
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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.

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The surgical, congenital, or spontaneous removal of a limb or projecting body part.
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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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Material and Methods: A sample of 50 patients with lower limb amputations and using lower limb prosthesis were recruited by applying inclusion criteria.
Recent epidemiologie studies have estimated a global point prevalence of back pain at 10% to 33% of the population, and there have been multiple publications over the past decade reporting an even higher rate of back pain among patients with major extremity amputations (Table 2).
The last previously announced sentences of amputation were in Tehran in February.
Janet Bliss, clinical director for community services and long-term conditions at NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "Often one of the reasons amputation figures can seem high is because doctors may choose to perform minor amputations at an early stage to help manage a problem and reduce the risk of major limb amputations later.
(6) This is consistent with our study results, which showed an increase in the ratio of transtibial to transfemoral amputations. Distal LLAs and the preservation of the knee joint are advantageous over proximal LLAs because they are associated with reduced mortality and healing time, decreased costs, shorter rehabilitation time, and greater possibility of achieving prosthetic walking and independence for the individual.
The trials, which followed participants for an average of 5.7 and 2.1 years, respectively, showed that lower-limb infections, gangrene, diabetic foot ulcers, and ischemia commonly occurred prior to the need for amputation.
Partial internal ray amputations of the second, third, fourth, and fifth toes were performed using dorsal and plantar incisions.
The objective of the study was to determine the predictive role of HbA1c level on progression to lower limb amputation in diabetic patients.
He maintained that amputations and disability due to diabetic foot ulcers had become a global health concern and experts were coming with applicable and cost-effective solutions of this problem to reduce global burden of disability.
Along with a team of seven other concerned clinicians and industry representatives, Rob Clarke, an advanced clinical practitioner (ACP) in acute medicine at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, cycled one mile for every toe, foot and leg amputation each week caused by diabetes in England, which recent figures put at an average of 176.
31, 2014) to assess whether MVD diagnosed in any location increases the risk for amputation alone and with PAD.
Those with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) -- narrowing of the arteries away from the heart that is typically found in the legs -- had an almost 14-times greater risk of leg amputation and accounted for 22% of all amputations.