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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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Significant predictors of major amputation were identified: smoking (HR, 1.3; 95% CI, 1.3-9.9), previous stroke or cardiovascular disease (HR, 1.1; 95% CI, 1.0-8.3) and anticoagulation use (HR, 1.1; 95% CI, 1.2-7.9).
We compared the incidence of compartment syndrome in minor and major amputations. Although the ratio of compartment syndrome was higher in the minor amputation group (60%) than in the major amputation group (38.1%), the difference was not statistically significant (p=0.272).
Although endovascular treatment has been shown to have higher limb preservation rates in patients who only have CLI without CN, major amputation rate is considered to be reduced with evaluation of BTK arteries and additional endovascular therapy in diabetic patients with CN.
Patients with a previous history of major amputation, who subsequently underwent major amputation of the contralateral (intact) lower limb at the Michael E.
In our study, all patients who underwent a minor amputation had neuropathy, and the patient who had major amputation had peripheral vascular disease in addition to neuropathy.
The incidence of MACE (4.1% versus 1.9% P = 0.61), MALE (2.0% versus 3.8% P = 0.59), and major amputation at 30 days (0% versus 3.8% P = 0.49) was similar between single revascularization and multiple revascularization groups (Table 4).
Mr Williams said in the first five months of this year he has not performed any major amputations as a result of diabetic foot disease.
14% of their patients required major amputation [15]
Measurements associated to outcomes showed that costs of DFU treatment were higher than 9800 USD/patient if ulcer heal, 11 035 USD/patient if unhealed, and 32 165 USD/ patient if DFU advances to major amputation. (27,28) Single-centre studies have also demonstrated that the economic impact of DFU is significantly high.
"New Ulceration, New Major Amputation, and Survival Rates in Diabetic Subjects Hospitalized for Foot Ulceration from 1990 to 1993: A 6.5-year Follow-up." Diabetes Care 24 (1): 78-83.
Geographic variation of lower-extremity major amputation in individuals with and without diabetes in the Medicare population.
One by one, London's legendary tracks have been closed, leaving just Wimbledon, and now the poor old place is about to have a major amputation, with the big grandstand closing, and the market being deemed to have an appetite for just two meetings a week.

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