Amputation is no longer a surgery of last resort

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  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    March 11, 2016 8:47 p.m.

    Good.

  • Interloper Portland, OR
    March 11, 2016 4:01 p.m.

    Some people do choose to have limbs that cannot be rehabilitated amputated. A friend did so 10 years after having his right arm paralyzed in a motorcycle accident. He can do more with a hook type prothesis than he could with his arm strapped to his side.

    But, few people can afford high-tech artificial limbs. Most get the basic models. It can be a fight to get insurance companies to pay for replacement when protheses wear out. And, the amputee is still at a disadvantage. It takes as much as 40% more injury to walk with an artificial leg. The device must be removed so the limb(s) can rest. There can be chafing and sores. Something as simple as getting up to go to the bathroom at night, or bathing, becomes more complicated.

    To summarize, losing a limb and life thereafter is still challenging.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    March 11, 2016 10:15 a.m.

    I'm sorry but the fact that amputation doesn't necessarily hurt a person in sports and can sometimes even help, such as in running, in no way makes up for the fact that a person has lost a real limb.