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Below the Knee Amputation

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

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

Below the knee amputation is surgery to remove your leg below your knee cap. You may need an amputation because of an injury, a tumor, or an infection. Problems with your leg veins or arteries, or complications of diabetes may also cause you to need an amputation. The part of your leg that is not removed is called a residual limb. You will be shown how to care for your residual limb. You can also work with specialists to have prosthetics made for you. A prosthetic will help you return to your normal daily activities.

How do I prepare for a below the knee amputation?

What happens during a below the knee amputation?

What happens after a below the knee amputation?

You may continue to feel the part of their leg that has been amputated. These are called phantom feelings. These feelings are normal and may or may not be painful.

What are the risks of a below the knee amputation?

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

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