Above The Knee

An above-the-knee amputation is surgery to remove your leg above the knee. ... After an above-the-knee leg amputation, you will probably have bandages, a rigid dressing, or a cast over the remaining part of your leg (residual limb). The leg will be swollen for at least 4 weeks after your surgery. Above the knee amputation is surgery to remove your leg above your knee cap. You may need an amputation because of an injury, a tumor, or an infection. Problems with your leg veins or arteries, or complications of diabetes may also cause you to need an amputation. The part of your leg that is not removed is called a residual limb. You will be shown how to care for your residual limb. You can also work with specialists to have prosthetics made for you. A prosthetic will help you return to your normal daily activities.

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