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Amputation

2 General Causes or Reasons Why Amputation Must Be Conducted

Many individuals fear the concept of amputation. Everyone can’t imagine themselves losing a part of their body as it can affect their daily function. However, there are instances when amputation is the best solution to save a person’s life, no matter how regrettable the situation is. Amputation has two general causes; with each has different types depending on the patient’s condition. Here are the causes and how amputation will work for the benefit of saving patients’ lives.

Non-traumatic causes

Non-traumatic causes refer to the amputation cases that are not triggered by accidents or injuries. A body part may be amputated due to other health reasons. The physician’s goal in suggesting this procedure is to prevent a certain disease from spreading on other parts of the body, which is potentially life-threatening. In essence, amputation is the last resort in saving a person’s life and from developing other health problems in the long run. Physicians commonly recommend this option to individuals who suffer from diabetes and developed gangrene. Gangrene is the condition where tissues on the affected part die due to deficient blood supply. Tissue death, or also known as necrosis, due to gangrene can affect a small area and spread to nearby parts. As this condition can be life threatening, physicians would suggest amputating the affected area to prevent the spread.

Prevention of Spreading

Preventing the spread of cancerous cells is also one of the reasons why amputation becomes a solution for these individuals. Cancerous cells can affect other body parts. By cutting off the affected area, physicians can prevent cancer cells from spreading and cause more problems to their patients. This procedure is usually done to people who have fibrosarcoma, epithelioid sarcoma and other cancer cells.

Traumatic causes

Traumatic causes refer to accidents that cause body parts to be dismembered or result to amputation. Two types of amputation may occur to people. Accidents can cause a body part to be severed due to machineries or other causes. If the physicians can’t reattach the part, in such cases of slight dismemberment, they will immediately discuss with the patient’s family members about amputating it completely to save the patient.

State of Shock

Some injuries, on the other hand, may not result to severing a body part but it puts the patient to a state of shock or hemorrhaging and can be life threatening as well. In this case, physicians will choose to amputate the affected body part for the patient’s welfare. Amputation has two causes and as regrettable as it can be, there are instances when this procedure is the only solution to save a person’s life. It’s essential, however, for patients and family members to understand why amputation is the best solution and discuss it with them properly.
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