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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.
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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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However, in squats, there are also some degrees of internal/external rotation (Bohm and Senner, 2008); therefore, a future study should observe how the limitations of internal/external rotation influences the movement of a skier with an above-knee amputation when using an artificial limb with a multiple-axis prosthetic knee.
It seems that people with above-knee amputations compensate the loss of the knee joint and the subsequent loss of the mechanoreceptors, via alternative mechanisms that guard the sense of the artificial knee joint.
Only rarely, an above-knee amputation as a last resort in treatment of TGCT is mentioned [13-16].
By level of amputation, the mean total direct medical costs for individual patients were least for toe amputations (FY2004: $33,205, 95% CI: $31,845-$34,622); FY2010: $41,484, 95% CI: $40,075-42,943) and greatest for the most extensive procedure, above-knee amputations (FY2004: $69,726, 95% CI: $65,275-$74,481; FY2010: $82,758, 95% CI: $78,063-$87,736) (Table).
Functional status and factors influencing the rehabilitation outcome of people affected by above-knee amputation and hemiparesis.
Oxygen consumption and cardiac response of short-leg and long-leg prosthetic ambulation in a patient with bilateral above-knee amputation: comparisons with able-bodied men.
The question posed by Gottschalk et al.'s article title, "Does socket configuration influence the position of the femur in above-knee amputation?" was answered in the negative.
About 160 veterans have suffered above-knee amputations, including 116 who are also missing part of their second leg.
The patients with below-knee amputations have less limitations in physical functioning (52.27 [+ or -] 3.25) compared to the patients with above-knee amputations (32.35 [+ or -] 21:29) (p < 0.05).
During his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan, the Marine combat engineer was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED), resulting in double above-knee amputations of both his legs.
He underwent successful above-knee amputations and was subsequently followed up at the Tygerberg Hospital Infectious Disease Clinic approximately 1 month later.