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Amputation - Stats, Facts, and Info

January 3rd 2017

Amputation Stats

According to the Amputee Coalition, every year there are approximately 185,000 amputations performed in the U.S., which equates to a total of 2 million people currently living with an amputated limb in the U.S. Undergoing an amputation is undoubtedly life-changing. Whether there is a sudden, traumatic accident that…

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Partial Foot Amputation

December 27th 2016

Partial Foot Amputation & The Syme-Level Ankle Disarticulation

When it comes to lower limb amputations, sometimes, less can be more. No, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily better to be left with less of a residual limb, but it does mean that it can be. Before choosing how far down to…

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Skin Issues & Lower-Limb Amputees

December 20th 2016

Skin Issues & Lower-Limb Amputees

Lower-limb amputees can experience many complications with either their amputation site or prosthetic, but few are as common as the litany of skin issues faced by many lower-limb amputees, approximately 75 percent. The problems many amputees face with their skin most often stem from using…

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Prosthetics and Sports

December 12th 2016

Sporting a Prosthetic

Whether you are a new amputee or were born without an appendage, you might be an athlete. One of the biggest issues faced by amputees is not only returning to their normal way of life, but also returning to the things they love. For many amputees, their…

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Depression in Amputees

December 5th 2016

Amputation-Related Depression

Due to the sudden nature of many amputations, coming to terms with an amputation is an obstacle many people don’t know to prepare for, so it is understandable that many amputees don’t know how to cope with the loss of their limb. While being emotional about the loss…

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Preventing and Treating an Infection of Your Residual Limb

November 22nd 2016

Preventing and Treating an Infection of Your Residual Limb

After an amputation, your recuperation will consist of two things: getting you back to your old way of life and healing. The latter is often as worrisome as the former, because residual limbs are at risk of infection. Any open wound…

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Hip Disarticulation and Hemipelvectomy

November 8th 2016

Hip Disarticulation and Hemipelvectomy

Hip disarticulation and hemipelvectomy, also known as transpelvic amputation, are types of amputation that leave the amputee with the loss of three joints: the hip, the knee, and the ankle. Hip disarticulation is the amputation of the entire lower limb at the hip level, whereas a…

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Diabetes and Protecting Your Feet

October 26th 2016

Diabetes and How to Protect Your Feet from Amputation

Being diagnosed with diabetes causes you to worry about many things that you probably didn’t worry about before, or not as much, including one of the biggest fears diabetics face: amputation of the foot or leg. Diabetic amputation often stems from…

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Prosthetic Sockets

October 11th 2016

Prosthetic Sockets

Prosthetic sockets, or interfaces, are the most crucial aspect of the prosthesis. The socket protects your body, supports your weight during walking, and assists you in controlling the components. There are various mechanical principles that are used in the design of your socket. A prosthetist’s experience and knowledge…

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Commonly Used Terminology - D

October 5th 2016

There are a lot of terms that you may come across as a new amputee that you don’t yet understand. Many of the technical terms for parts of the body or procedures can at first be confusing, or even intimidating.

Here are a few of the commonly used terms you…

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