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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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A comparison of the major and minor amputation groups revealed that the mean amputation day after burn injury was longer in minor amputee patients, whereas the mean hospitalization duration was longer and the average number of operations was more in major amputee patients; however, all these differences were not statistically significant (Table 2).
Another study demonstrated that there is no difference in prognosis between major and minor amputations at two years if the surgical wounds could heal [22].
Thus, it was not surprising that no significant difference in ulcers and minor amputations was noted.
Nevertheless these papers concern mainly the early period and not all patients in these papers suffered a minor amputation along with the intervention.
Subject to all these factors longer antibiotherapy and hospitalization duration in AB-MAG can be considered as normal even though minor amputation was performed.When reviewing the post-treatment recovery pe- riod it is seen that patients in AB-MAG healed in shorter periods although this was not statistically significant (222.685.9 days vs 265.2 132.7 p =0.243).
Classification of various diabetic foot surgeries into major or minor amputations. (21)
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.
In addition Jeffcoate (Diabetes UK, 2012) has revealed the huge variation across England and Wales in the rates of both major (above the ankle) and minor amputations for patients with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes (Figure 1).
Dr Abdulla said there were still around 50 to 60 minor amputations per year such as toes, a figure he hoped could be brought down.
(2) Military databases have indicated that as of April 2010, US medical centers have treated combatants with 992 major limb amputations (822 from OIF and 170 from OEF) and 341 minor amputations (317 from OIF and 24 from OEF).