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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Amputation of a body part is a "life-changing event." Body image, mood, mobility, ability to care for one's self, work, and non-work-related activities are all affected. Many issues arise following the loss of all or part of a person's limb(s); however, the long-term outcomes for amputees continue to improve.
Although over 90% of limb loss is "acquired", up to 4% is congenital (present at birth). Of the roughly 185,000 amputation surgeries performed each year in the United States,
While over 90% of amputations caused by vascular disease involve the lower limb, nearly 70% of amputatio (More)
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