Amputation of a limb is one of the worst things that can happen to anyone, since it means a loss of independence, mobility and the routine functions that save time so we can enjoy the rest of life. Amputation may involve medical malpractice in one of these circumstances:
- The patient has an injury to a limb and then develops “compartment syndrome,” swelling which is like an internal tourniquet that cuts off blood flow to a limb. If not treated as a true emergency, compartment syndrome can result in so much tissue damage that the leg or arm has to be amputated.
- Diabetes. Diabetic patients are at high risk for low blood flow to the feet which can require amputation if not carefully treated. Diabetics need special vigilance and consultation with a vascular surgeon sometimes to make sure they have adequate blood circulation in their extremities. Read our article about diabetes malpractice here.
- Wrong site surgery. These are especially tragic and unnecessary injuries when an operating room mixup – confusing the patient with someone else or confusing which limb to operate on – causes the wrong limb to be amputated.
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