While saving the injured limb is a major priority to our surgeons, patient welfare and quality of life matters more. Sometimes, this means making the difficult decision to amputate.
Amputations may be necessary after a bad accident, cancer, or in infected diabetic limbs. This can occur on a small level such as a finger or toe, or on a larger scale like an entire leg.
Some people are missing portions of their body from birth. These are called congenital amputations.
In any case, most patients have the option to use a prosthetic. A new procedure called osseointegration helps to improve overall function, mobility, and comfort for amputees by eliminating socket-related issues with prosthetics.