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tr.v. ampu·tated, ampu·tating, ampu·tates
To cut off (a projecting body part), especially by surgery.

am′pu·ta′tion n.
am′pu·ta′tor n.

Patient discussion about amputate

Q. Why do you have to amputate legs in Diabetic patients? And how can I avoid that? I’ll appreciate an honest answer.

A. Here is a very detailed information about that, it has even some videos that gives an idea about how it happens:
there’s a link there to prevention too.

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He said: "I had two options - to amputate my arm or to die in that canyon.
They battled to save him, but were forced to amputate his leg.
When cut in half, the worms form blastemas similar in architecture to those seen when researchers amputate the limbs of a urodele.
It is thought surgeons at the hospital in Los Angeles planned to amputate below the knee last night.
The 78-year-old had undergone the operation to amputate her right leg above the knee after suffering long-term severe pain in her foot which medication had failed to help.
Gravell, capped 23 times and a member of the Scarlets team that beat the All Blacks in 1972, returned to hospital last week after recent surgery to amputate two toes.
Surgeons had to amputate her left leg above the knee and her right leg was removed below the joint.
By then the problems had worsened and doctors had no option but to amputate Mrs Richmond's leg below the knee.
A vet saved one leg but had to amputate the other as the bones were shattered.
Doctor Mario Canela, of La Espanola hospital, explained the surgery was "to amputate the leg from the knee down".
Surgeons had to amputate Ellie's left leg above the knee last Monday, when her right leg was also removed below the joint.
But surgeons at Waikato Hospital were apparently forced to amputate below the knee on Wednesday due to complications.