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Below-the-Knee Amputation
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Below-the-Knee Amputation?

This is the surgical removal of the leg below the knee.

  • Poor blood flow cannot be fixed
  • Bone cancer
  • Trauma
  • Severe infection

Possible Complications

Your doctor will review the possible complications. These may include:

  • Poor healing of the amputation site requiring a higher level amputation
  • Skin breakdown at the stump
  • Infection
  • Decreased range of motion in the hip or knee
  • Phantom sensation —feeling that the amputated limb is still there
  • Phantom pain —feeling pain in the amputation area
  • Stump swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Heart attack
  • Blood clots

Factors that may increase your risk of complications include:

  • Poor blood flow
  • Diabetes
  • Infection or open leg/foot ulcers
  • Not being able to move for a long time
  • Heart disease
  • Smoking or lung disease
  • Advanced age
  • History of clotting or bleeding disorders

Discuss these risks...