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is it possible to survive amputation without medical assistance?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
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.
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
One of the very few examples of surviving without early medical treatment is that of the mountain climber Aron Ralston who, to save his own life, had to amputate his arm after it was trapped by a boulder. He received treatment after he was rescued.
Apr 11, 2014
Dr. Peter H'doubler
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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