Home > Health Library > Emergency Care for an Accidental Amputation
Amputation is the removal of a body part. This can be done by a
doctor in a hospital setting, such as when a foot must be
amputated because of
diabetes complications. But amputation may also
happen during an accident.
An amputation may be complete (the body
part is completely removed or cut off) or partial (much of the body part is cut
off, but it remains attached to the rest of the body).
cases amputated parts can be successfully reattached. The success of the
reattachment depends on:
If you witness an amputation:
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more, visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
St. Vincent's HealthCare 1 Shircliff Way, Jacksonville, FL 32204 904-308-7300
©2015 St. Vincent's HealthCare - All rights reserved.