It is a surgical method for various vascular and endovascular diseases. When performing an amputation, a surgeon removes a limb, or part of a limb, that is no longer useful to us and is causing great pain, or threatens health because of extensive infection. Most commonly, a surgeon must perform this procedure on toe, foot, leg, or arm. Physicians as well as patients consider amputation a last resort.
Although amputations may be required for other reasons, such as severe injury or the presence of a tumor, the most common reason may need an amputation is if we have peripheral arterial disease (PAD) due to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). In PAD, the blood vessels in our limbs become damaged because of hardening of the arteries or diabetes. Our body$prime;s cells depend on a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients delivered to them by blood.
If blood vessels are unable to supply blood and oxygen to fingers or toes, the cells and tissues die and are vulnerable to infection. If the blood supply cannot be improved sufficiently or if the tissue is beyond salvage, extensive tissue death may require amputation, especially if experiencing severe pain or infection.
Related Journals of Amputation
Journal of Vascular Medicine & Surgery, Cardiovascular Pathology: Open Access, International Journal of Cardiovascular Research Hybrid, Cardiovascular Diseases & Diagnosis, Cardiovascular Pharmacology: Open Access, Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System, Journal of Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Injury, Cardiovascular Research, Journal of Vascular Surgery, Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
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