Above and Below Knee Amputations Why do amputations occur?
A non-traumatic amputation results from a disease or condition. Examples include diabetes, poor blood flow, infection, or cancer.
Traumatic amputation results from an injury. Examples include motor vehicle accident, gun shot wound, or war injury.
What type of amputation did I have? ___________________________________________
What other health issues do I have?
Risk factors for amputation
__ High blood pressure
__ Poor blood flow
__ Lack of exercise
__ High Cholesterol
Common abbreviations and terms
AKA - Above knee amputation
BKA - Below knee amputation
TA - Transtarsal Amputation
Atrophy - Muscle loss or shrinking. Can occur from lack of activity.
Contracture - Tightening of muscles around a joint that prevents movement
Disarticulation - An amputation through a joint. (i.e. hip, shoulder)
Edema - Swelling or excess fluid in a part of the body.
Osteomyelitis - An infection of the bone. An amputation can result due to antibiotics not taking care of the infection.
Residual limb - The portion of arm or leg that remains after an amputation.
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Last Updated: 03/03/2011
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