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What Are the Complications of Amputation?



Can you please tell me what the complications are with a right leg amputation? Also, what is the death rate if an amputation goes wrong?


Any amputation carries potential risks for infection, bleeding, and death in the short term.  Longer term complications include non-healing wounds, phantom pain syndrome, neuroma formation, and death.

The risk of death soon after an amputation is approximately 5-15% depending on the level of amputation, with the higher rates occurring after an above-knee amputation. The risk of death long term is approximately 50% at 3 years due to other medical conditions that a patient already has.

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Jean  E Starr, MD Jean E Starr, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Vascular Surgery
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University