Reconstructive surgery has come a long ways in the past century. We are now able to reattach and rebuild seriously damaged limbs and other body parts in many cases, with varying results. In some cases, however, the best solution is still the oldest one: amputation. Amputation of a limb is a drastic move, but it has saved countless lives. Although people with amputated limbs are often able to regain function, an amputation is still a permanent disability.
The most common reason for an amputation is gangrene. After serious trauma to a limb—whether a finger or a leg—infection is perhaps the greatest risk to the patient’s life. If an injury becomes infected, the infection can catch hold and lead to substantial decay to the injured limb. When a limb has gone gangrene, amputation is often the only option. By removing the limb, you can halt the spread of the infection and save a patient’s life.
For patients, although it is possible to return to a relatively normal life after the procedure, an amputation means a number of serious lifestyle changes. It can take patients a long time to fully recover, but patients can regain a large amount of functionality. In particular, with modern prostheses, people who have suffered traumatic injuries can gain more functionality.
Despite all these advances, however, amputations are still permanent disabilities. The government’s Social Security programs include disability aid for people who have suffered a permanent disability like the loss of a limb. By working with an experienced social security lawyer, you can increase the odds of receiving the full aid you are entitled to after your loss.