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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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Fellow victim Leah Washington, 17, had her leg amputated above the knee.
12,14-16) However, the minimal complications and the maintenance of erectile function are particularly impressive in this case given that the amputated penis was ingested prior to replantation.
The new technique works on a virtual arm, created with the help of an augmented reality, and thus tricking the brain and making it believe that the amputated part exists.
The digit bones can regenerate only if the amputated stump still has some nail stem cells, the researchers found.
Mayumi Ito of New York University Langone Medical Center suggests that doctors might soon be able to use a nail's stem cells to treat malformed nails or even amputated limbs.
Mr Marshall's femoral artery in his right leg was severed, resulting in gangrene setting in and two-thirds of his big toe was amputated together with the next toe.
A grandmother who was thrown from a log flume along with her granddaughter in East Yorkshire had to have her leg amputated at the scene.
THE quake survivor freed by having both legs amputated with a Swiss Army knife feared he would die in the rubble.
A SMALL dog was so savagely bitten by another dog that she had to have one of her legs amputated.
In April, a man convicted of hijacking trucks and selling their contents in Khuzestan province had one hand and one leg amputated for his crimes.
ANKARA, Jun 29, 2010 (TUR) -- 25 amputated and heavily wounded Afghan soldiers will come to Turkey on Tuesday for medical treatment and rehabilitation.