below the knee amputation
below the knee amputationSurgery An 'elective' procedure often required for peripheral vascular disease; while preferred by the Pt–since the sense of loss is lessened, the BKA often requires re-amputation, an important factor related to mortality; furthermore, the prosthetic device fits less satisfactorily to the BKA than to an above-the-knee amputation. See Phantom limb, Potato chip operation.
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