How amputations are carried out

Please note this section goes into details of the medical process which some might not feel ready to read yet!

Amputations can be carried out under general anaesthetic (where you’re unconscious) or using an epidural anaesthetic (which numbs the lower half of the body).

Once the limb has been removed, a number of additional techniques can be used to help improve the function of the remaining limb and reduce the risk of complications.

These include shortening and smoothing the bone in your remaining limb so it’s covered by an adequate amount of soft tissue and muscle and stitching the remaining muscle to the bones to help strengthen your remaining limb (a technique known as myodesis).

After the amputation, your wound will be sealed with stitches or surgical staples. It will be covered with a bandage and a tube may be placed under your skin to drain away any excess fluid. The bandage will usually need to be kept in place for a few days to reduce the risk of infection