How amputations are done. Amputations can be done under general anaesthetic (where youre unconscious) or using either an epidural anaesthetic or spinal anaesthetic (both of which numb the lower half of the body). The choice of anaesthetic can depend on what part of your body is being amputated.
What is the process of amputation?
During the procedure itself, the surgeon will: Remove the diseased tissue and any crushed bone. Smooth uneven areas of bone. Seal off blood vessels and nerves. Cut and shape muscles so that the stump, or end of the limb, will be able to have an artificial limb (prosthesis) attached to it.
A Gigli saw is a flexible wire saw used by surgeons for bone cutting. A Gigli saw is used mainly for amputation, where the bones have to be smoothly cut at the level of amputation.
How do doctors amputate a limb?
A flap of healthy muscle and skin is left behind when the damaged tissue is removed. The flap is brought snugly over the bone to cover the end of the amputated limb. If there isnt enough tissue in the flap, the surgeon takes skin or tissue from another part of the body. The flap is then stitched or stapled in place.
What do they do with body parts after amputation?
The limb is sent to biohazard crematoria and destroyed. The limb is donated to a medical college for use in dissection and anatomy classes. On rare occasions when it is requested by the patient for religious or personal reasons, the limb will be provided to them.
How long are you in hospital after amputation?
If it is possible to discharge you straight home you will usually be in hospital between 14 - 21 days. After the operation you will be working with the rehabilitation team to learn new skills essential for discharge from hospital.