When the tissues in an extremity have died, it can cause further problems if it’s left untreated. Often when a limb is beyond normal treatment, an amputation may be considered to reduce pain or stop the infection from spreading throughout the body. After an amputation, it may take time to get used to your new normal, but an amputation can help improve your health by getting rid of the infection or helping with blood flow. An active lifestyle is still possible after surgery and it will take time for you to adjust.
When an Amputation is Necessary
There are many reasons that your doctor might suggest an amputation and it’s usually the last option. When part of your limb isn’t properly functioning or responding to treatments, it may be beneficial to remove the area altogether and start fresh. Some common reasons for amputation could include:
- Severe trauma
- Poor blood flow
- Infections that do not go away
- Severe burns
- Severe frostbite
- Ulcers that don’t heal
- Loss of function
- Loss of sensation
When amputation is needed, your doctor will have you talk to several specialists to make sure that you are fully prepared for the procedure. Your doctor will ensure that only the damaged tissue is removed and healthy tissue is preserved to the best of its ability.
Once amputation has happened and you’ve healed, it’s important to stick to a treatment plan to deal with the cause of amputation. Having one amputation can put you at a higher risk of needing another, so it’s important that you work with your doctor to ensure you’re living a healthy lifestyle and lowering your risk of needing another amputation.
Contact Your Doctor Today
Amputation may be needed to keep you healthy and free of infection and safe from further damage. Contact your doctor at Pennsylvania Vascular Institute in King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Bethlehem, and East Stroudsburg, PA, for more information today at (800)296-9294.