The Amputation Journey

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Amputation is defined as the ‘partial or complete surgical removal of a limb’. They can be caused by both medical conditions and trauma. Medical conditions resulting in amputation are often those that restrict blood flow to extremities. Other causes include crush injuries, burns and frostbite.

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An amputation is defined as the ‘partial or complete surgical removal of a limb'. Artificial limbs have been found to date back to over 2000 years ago, making amputation surgery one of the oldest surgical procedures in history. Lower limb amputations are more common than upper limbs. In the UK, major limb amputations are performed on between 5000 and 6000 people every year, and in the USA approximately 1.6 million persons are living with a loss of a limb.


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Sally Moyle
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Educator
Sally Moyle is a rehabilitation nurse educator with Epworth HealthCare. She has completed her masters of nursing (clinical nursing and teaching) and has experience in many nursing sectors including rehabilitation, orthopaedic, neurosurgery, emergency, aged care and general surgery. Sally is passionate about education in nursing in order to produce the best nurses possible.
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