Amputations may be minor, such as the amputation of fingers, toes, or parts of the foot or ankle. More serious amputations include those of legs, arms, and even facial features, like the nose or ears.
Amputations may be necessary after a variety of accidents, including
- Car, motorcycle, or trucking accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Machinery mishaps
During an amputation, the patient is placed under anesthesia. The surgeon cuts away any damaged tissue, and is careful to leave any healthy or undamaged tissue areas untouched. The process also involves removing any crushed bones and smoothing uneven areas of bone, sealing off blood vessels and nerves, and cutting and shaping the muscle so that the patient can use a prosthetic limb, if necessary.
After an amputation, a patient has a lot to adjust to. Amputees typically go through physical therapy following their surgery, and some begin to practice using a prosthetic limb as soon as ten days after surgery. Many people struggle with grief and pain over their lost limb, and some experience phantom limb syndrome, which is when they feel intense pain in the area of the amputated limb. Getting used to an artificial limb and new body image takes a great amount of work for many patients, and can be an incredibly stressful and challenging time. It can also be a very expensive process, as the costs for the surgery and prosthetics can be extensive.
Recovery Is Possible
Following an amputation, getting back to a normal life is difficult, but of course, not impossible. With the right support team, it is completely possible to live a fulfilling life after an amputation.
Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes (formerly Perenich & Carroll) was founded in 1955. We are exclusively invested in helping personal injury victims— and their loved ones — win compensation and find justice. We approach every case with passion, experience, and dedication, and strive to provide the answers you need, when you need them.
If you are seeking help after an amputation, please contact us. We’ll see you through.