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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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Interestingly, the devices provided to these subjects with amputation were designed to allow ankle motion, but these subjects did not generate any more power across the ankle joint (Figure 12(b)) than the subjects with Chopart amputation who wore clamshell devices designed to eliminate ankle motion (Figure 12(b)-(c)).
As a result of the clamshell devices fitted to the subjects with Chopart amputation, in whom ankle motion was eliminated, progression to foot flat during loading response was delayed as the shank and foot segments moved synchronously.
Interestingly, significant power increases at the hip joint(s) were not observed in the subject with bilateral Chopart amputation (Figure 10(c)) despite the limited ankle power observed bilaterally (Figure 12(c)).
Reductions in velocity, stride length, cadence, and the support phase data were observed in the subject with unilateral Chopart amputation but not in the subject with bilateral Chopart amputation (Tables 2-3), which seems difficult to explain on any basis other than individual variability.