Loss of Limb

The surgical removal of a limb of the body is referred to as amputation, usually involving the arms or legs.  The reasons amputation usually affect the limbs is the loss of blood supply to the limb, or the limb poses a threat to the rest of the body such as with cancer and requires removal, or the limb has experienced serious physical trauma.

Diabetes sometimes leads to amputation because the high glucose levels in diabetes can damage the blood vessels, leading to restrictions in the blood supply to the limbs, sometimes requiring amputation. Modern technology provides an effective and exciting option for rehabilitation  in the form of prosthetic limbs for amputees.  Prosthetic limbs assist in regaining functionality that may have been lost, and assist in return to life as close as possible to normal.

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