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What happens during an above the knee amputation to your leg?
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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
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In brief: The knee is removed.
A bk amputation allows saving the knee and usually some part of the tibia bone that goes down to the foot.
This will also allow the prostheses to be less complex and more functional because the entire knee joint is not part of the prosthesis. Of course, if the pathology present in the leg requires an ak amputation, the surgeon will inform you; but it's always better to save the knee if possible.

In brief: The knee is removed.
A bk amputation allows saving the knee and usually some part of the tibia bone that goes down to the foot.
This will also allow the prostheses to be less complex and more functional because the entire knee joint is not part of the prosthesis. Of course, if the pathology present in the leg requires an ak amputation, the surgeon will inform you; but it's always better to save the knee if possible.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
In brief: Surgical excision
During an above the knee amputation, the involved limb is resected at a level above the level of the knee.

In brief: Surgical excision
During an above the knee amputation, the involved limb is resected at a level above the level of the knee.
Dr. Payam Rafat
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