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Amputation—General Overview
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Amputation—General Overview Side Effects and Warnings

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Possible Complications

If you are planning to have an amputation, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Poor healing at amputation site, resulting in the need for a higher level of amputation
  • Skin breakdown
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling at surgical site
  • Phantom limb pain —feeling pain in amputated limb area
  • Phantom sensation—feeling that amputated limb is still there
  • Blood clots
  • Complications of anesthesia

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Infection
  • Prolonged immobility
  • Heart disease
  • Smoking or lung disease
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Certain medicines (eg, steroids)

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, call your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision sites
  • Increasing or excessive pain
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Severe nausea and vomiting

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.



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