An amputation is the surgical removal of part of the body, usually a leg or an arm. There are three main reasons why an amputation is performed:
The limb has been affected by gangrene (when the body’s tissue begins to decay and die as a result of loss of blood supply).
The limb poses a life-threatening danger to the person’s health, for example because it has been affected by cancer or a serious infection.
The limb has experienced serious trauma, such as a crush or blast wound.


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