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Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Before Amputation

An amputation is a significant procedure resulting in a life-changing outcome. At The Institute, we understand the weight of this decision and want to help patients feel empowered with sufficient knowledge. Having an open dialogue with your surgeon and getting clarification on important details can help alleviate anxiety, set realistic expectations, and allow you to make the most informed choice for your health and well-being.

Understanding the Decision

Facing the possibility of amputation is an immensely difficult decision that medical professionals typically only recommend when all other treatment options have been exhausted. Your reconstructive surgeon will carefully evaluate your individual circumstances, weighing the potential benefits against the risks and long-term implications of amputation. From here, your surgeon will work with you to determine the best course of action for your particular situation.

Preparing for the Discussion 

While we understand getting answers is crucial, we know amputation is an emotional decision as well. Before your amputation consultation, take the time to gather your thoughts and prioritize your concerns. Write down any specific questions or worries to help ensure you remember everything during the appointment. Consider bringing a trusted friend or family member with you, as they can provide emotional support and serve as an additional set of ears during the discussion. 

Key Questions to Ask Your Surgeon 

You will likely have specific questions for your amputation doctor, but here are some key things you should know before undergoing amputation surgery.
  • What are the underlying medical reasons for recommending amputation, and have all alternative treatments been thoroughly explored?
  • What level of amputation are you proposing (e.g., partial foot, below-knee, above-knee), and how will this affect my mobility and daily activities?
  • What are the potential risks and complications associated with the surgery, both in the short- and long-term?
  •  What is the expected recovery process for post-amputation care, including the timeline for rehabilitation after amputation and possibility of prosthetic fitting?
  • How will amputation impact my overall quality of life, and what support services are available to help me adjust to this significant change?

Additional Considerations to Discuss With Your Surgeon

There are a few additional things you should know before limb loss surgery, including: 
  • Your surgeon's experience and success rates with similar amputation procedures.
  • The availability of advanced surgical techniques and procedures which could potentially improve functional outcomes. For example, at The Institute, we offer targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR), an advanced surgical procedure to restore muscle function and improve patients' function and quality of life after an amputation.
  • The long-term costs associated with prosthetics, rehabilitation, and ongoing care, as well as any financial assistance programs or insurance coverage.
  • Psychological and emotional support resources to help you and your loved ones cope with the changes and challenges ahead.

Empower Your Decision: Consult Our Surgeons for Your Amputation Journey!

At The Institute, our highly skilled and compassionate surgical team is dedicated to providing you with the best possible care and support throughout your amputation journey. We understand the gravity of the decision to have limb loss surgery and are committed to empowering you with the knowledge and resources necessary to make an informed choice that aligns with your unique circumstances and goals. 

Contact us today to schedule a consultation, where you can ask any questions and take the first step toward a future filled with hope and possibility.