Amputation

Amputation is a medical procedure that all of us would want to do without, but for some people it's either sacrificing a limb or meeting death. Life Alert has members who had amputations and rely on our service. In the United States alone, three million people have had this devastating operation. To compensate for this tremendous loss, the majority of amputees use some type of prosthesis.

Instead of thinking of amputation as a horrible operation, think of it as a life saving procedure. When limbs or bones are crushed or broken, amputation may be necessary so that the limb can heal without complications. Amputation may even help someone with paralysis, since the patient's limb is already useless.

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