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.