Limb Loss 1

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The amputation of a limb can be a traumatic experience. Dr. Edward Hill discusses limb loss, its causes and the effects on an individual in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

People can lose all or part of an arm or leg for a number of reasons. Common ones include:

Problems with blood circulation. These may be the result of atherosclerosis or diabetes. Severe cases may result in amputation.

Injuries, including from traffic accidents and military combat

Cancer, and

Birth defects

Feeling a limb that is actually no longer there can occur because the nerves to the limb continue to transmit sensations to the brain. This phantom pain may occur when there are changes in weather, pressure on the part of the limb that remains, emotional stress or fatigue.

Other physical problems include surgical complications and skin problems, if you wear an artificial limb. Many amputees use an artificial limb. Learning how to use it takes time. Physical therapy can help you adapt.

Recovery from the loss of a limb can be hard. Sadness, anger and frustration are common. If you are having a tough time, talk to your doctor. Treatment with medicine or counseling can help.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.