Amputations

Amputation is a surgical procedure that removes all or part of a limb. Amputations can be above the knee (also called AKA), below the knee (also called BKA), or transmetatarsal (part of the foot). Any of these surgeries may be necessary due to health problems such as poor blood flow - as you might find with diabetes, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), blood clots, severe infections or cancer.

After your amputation you and your physician can decide if you would like to be fitted with a prosthesis (artificial limb). You may also require other treatment to help you recover fully such as blood vessel repairs (for blood flow problems), or hyperbaric (oxygen) treatments to heal infection.

Dr. P. Phillips Hospital performs amputation surgery. Our surgical team is specialized in treating surgical patients, including patients with amputations. Dr. P. Phillips Hospital also offers rehabilitation services to help the patient return to daily activities as much as possible.

Consult your physician if you have questions about amputations.

Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day / 7 days a week

Location: Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, 2nd Floor

Scheduling Number: This procedure will be scheduled by your physician

Special Prep: No food or drink after midnight the night before the surgery (including water, candy or gum). Please ask your physician for instructions regarding medications you are taking. Please do not smoke on the day of your surgery.

On the day of your surgery please bring with you:

  1. A list of your medications with the correct dosages
  2. Your primary care physician’s name and telephone number
  3. Any paperwork your physician has given you for your appointment
  4. Containers to store dentures, glasses or contact lenses before surgery.

Other special instructions:

  1. Leave all valuables at home.
  2. Wear comfortable clothing.
  3. Do not wear color fingernail or toenail polish.
  4. Do not eat or drink herbal supplements or tea for at least two weeks prior to your surgery.
  5. Do not take vitamin E supplements or multi-vitamins with vitamin E for at least two weeks prior to your surgery.
  6. Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve or Advil for at least two weeks prior to your surgery.