Limb Loss Statistics

Limb Loss Statistics

Amputation is a medical procedure where any of one's body is severed because of the patient's body condition suggests that it requires to, Few reasons why amputation is initiated is because of the following:

  • Infections due to unchecked injuries, complications, and health-related tendencies
  • Diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and childbirth injuries 
  • A necessary amputation should be done because an injury sustained is irrepairable

Amputation is either partial or total, depending on the scenario and current condition of a limb, it scales for a limb to be cut in half (ranges from fingers, up to elbow) or fully severed (the whole arm or leg). Even if the surgeons were successful on preventing a form of health condition or bleeding through amputation, the fact that the individual has a missing part of their limb or the whole limb itself could be mentally, physically, and even financially devastating to the ends of the patient as it generally hurt his/her quality of living compared to how it was back then including how productive he/she is on making living. 

Statistics on Limb Loss

  • 2 million people in the U.S. are living with limb loss due to amputation (according to the numbers recorded from 2015.)
  • Majority or more than half (54%) of all causes of limb loss is a form of any type of vascular disease that ranges from diabetes to arterial diseases followed by trauma and violent force interaction (45%), and lastly cancer (less than 2%).
  • Every year, there is an estimated 185,000 amputations that occured in the U.S. 
  • In the year 2009, hospitals (either private or public) has gathered more than $8.3 billion revenue from amputation and related procedures alone.
  • From a recent study, African-Americans are four times susceptible to have an amputation compared to white americans.
  • From a study, nearly half of patients with amputations caused by any form of vascular disease usually die within 5 year duration and this mortality rate is higher than breast cancer and other form of organ cancers.
  • 55% of all patients with diabetes are required to do amputation procedure on their second leg within 2-3 years of having the first one's loss. 

Effects of Limb Loss

  • Mental Damage which includes PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), depression, regrets, anxiety, and can cause the patient to feel a sense of emptiness and negative body image which can transition to a mental disorder called body dysmorphia. 
  • Emotional and physical pain from phantom limb pain, characterized by sharp and needle like pain in the severed limb. 
  • Significant reduction in productivity, set of activities that can be done, and mobility.
  • Risk of infection to the severed limb as tissue and bone ligamtes are ended so it means it is exposed as well. 

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If ever one of your family members or closests friend has been involved in an accident inside a work place or any form of accident (including home accidents) or who have sustained either minor or significant injuries and even a possible case of amputation because of negligent person liable that has shown apparent negligence and recklessness and caused an accident and render the victim to have life-threatening injuries and condition, you can always refer help from a professional experienced injury lawyer to smoothen things out as your hired lawyers can help you decide from their factual and legal advices.

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