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Below the Knee Amputation in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about a below the knee amputation?

Below the knee amputation is surgery to remove your child's leg below the knee cap. Your child may need an amputation because of an injury, a tumor, or an infection. Problems with your child's leg veins or arteries, or a leg problem he or she was born are other reasons. The part of your child's leg that is not removed is called a residual limb. You and your child will be shown how to care for the residual limb. Your child can also work with specialists to have prosthetics made for him or her. A prosthetic will help your child return to his or her normal daily activities.

How do I help my child prepare for a below the knee amputation?

What happens during a below the knee amputation?

What happens after a below the knee amputation?

What are the risks of a below the knee amputation?

During or after surgery, your child may bleed more than expected. Blood may collect under your child's skin and form a lump called a hematoma. This may need to be drained to prevent infection. It may be difficult for your child's wound to heal, and he or she may get a wound infection. Your child may get a blood clot in his or her leg or arm. This can cause pain and swelling, and it can stop blood from flowing where it needs to go in your child's body. The blood clot can break loose and travel to your child's lungs or brain. A blood clot in the lungs can cause chest pain and trouble breathing. A blood clot in your child's brain can cause a stroke. These problems can be life-threatening.

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