Amputations

An amputation is the surgical removal of part of the body, such as an arm or leg. Amputation of the leg is the most common type of amputation procedure in the U.S.  Some common reasons for amputation are:

  • Poor circulation (the most common reason for amputation).
  • Blood clots.
  • A disease in the limb, such as cancer or a serious infection, poses a significant threat to the patient’s health.
  • There has been serious trauma, such as a crush or blast wound, to the body part.
  • Persistent pain or deformity of the body part means the limb is of limited functional use.
  • Complications from diabetes.

Amputations are riskier for some patients than others, such as patients with diabetes, heart disease, or a preexisting infection. These patients face a higher risk of complications. Possible complications of amputations include:

  • Joint deformity
  • Hematoma (bruised area with blood that collects underneath the skin)
  • Infection
  • Wound opening
  • Necrosis (death of the skin flaps)
  • Deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in a vein deep in the body) and pulmonary embolism (blockage in a lung artery), particularly in cases where patients are immobilized after surgery for a prolonged period of time.

Amputations may be related to a medical malpractice claim for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • An improperly applied cast causes compartment syndrome, resulting in damage to a limb that requires amputation.
  • A failure to diagnose and treat an infection.
  • Improper wound care.
  • A misdiagnosis results in the eventual development of a more serious problem, resulting in the eventual need to amputate a limb.
  • Surgical errors, such as damaging a limb during surgery, or operating on the wrong limb entirely.
  • Poor handling of surgical complications
  • Improper medical care following a planned amputation or other surgery.

Contact Cardaro & Peek, LLC if you or a loved one has suffered an amputation as the result of an accident, or due to what you think may have been medical malpractice.

Consultation is free and there are no fees or expenses unless there is a recovery. Cardaro & Peek, LLC will invest its own resources and time investigating your claim, and there is no obligation for repayment of expenses unless there is a recovery.

References:

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library

MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Institute of Health