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Amputations and Advances in Prosthetic Limbs - Alix Walker, Burnetts Solicitors

12/07/17. Amputations are not something that people want to think about, but they are a part of everyday life, especially for those innocently involved in accidents at work or road traffic accidents. However, with modern advances in surgery, rehabilitation and importantly prosthetic design the loss of a limb does not have to be a detrimental life sentence.

Amputations have been carried out since Hippocrates’ time when it was one of the main functions of a surgeon. Often as the result of war injuries amputations were very high risk procedures as there was no real way to control blood loss until the invention of the tourniquet at the Battle of Flanders in 1674, which led to significant improvements in fatality rates. By the time of the US Civil War there was an estimated 75% survival rate (from over 60,000 amputations)...

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