A 39-year-old member asked:
is it possible to survive amputation without medical assistance?
2 doctor answers • 11 doctors weighed in
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Unlikely: Amputations are traumatic and disrupt the arteries, nerves, veins, and soft tissues. The question of survival without assistance is really dependent on the location of an amputation. A finger amputation is not the same as a thigh or calf amputation. It is unlikely for someone to survive a thigh or calf amputation without medical assistance. There is loss of blood, fluids and a risk of infection.
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Vascular Surgery 40 years experience
Unlikely : It is unlikely that one could survive a traumatic amputation without medical assistance. It's not impossible but certainly unlikely.
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Last updated Mar 30, 2016
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