Limb Amputation and Social Security Disability BenefitsLimb Amputation and Social Security Disability Benefits

Limb amputation is a surgical procedure that is performed when a diseased limb is posing a threat to the body or causing pain that cannot be remedied. Amputation surgeons work to remove diseased or injured tissue, and to leave the wound in a form that can be fitted with a prosthesis (artificial limb).

Obviously, a missing limb can severely restrict movement and activities. In patients who are not good candidates for replacement limbs due to bone regrowth or other reasons, the restrictions can be permanent and render them unable to perform a wide range of jobs. Even in patients who receive a prosthetic limb, regaining agility and large range of motion can be extremely difficult and take months or years. Limb amputation patients may experience emotional trauma as well as phantom pains and pressure.

Causes of Limb Amputation

Diseased tissue without a healthy blood supply can become necrotic, meaning the cells actually die. When necrotic tissue cannot be removed and a healthy blood supply cannot be reestablished in the limb, removal through amputation may be necessary. Amputation may also be performed to remove limbs affected by large tumors or traumatic injury. In many cases, circulation problems (peripheral vascular disease or PVD) are to blame. Bad circulation as a result of diabetes-related problems, obesity, disease, or lack of exercise can make limb amputation necessary. Causes of PVD include frostbite, hardening of the arteries, and high cholesterol. In general, amputations due to trauma occur more frequently in younger patients, and amputations related to diabetes or other diseases tend to occur in patients over the age of 65.

Limb Amputation Treatments

Prosthetic limbs are becoming more sophisticated and comfortable as research continues. Limp amputation patients now have several options for limb replacement, and the use of a prosthetic can have a profoundly positive influence on their lifestyle and range of motion. A rehabilitation specialist, along with guidance from surgeons and physicians, can help patients improve quality of life with custom-fitted prosthetics. Psychotherapy and counseling may also help amputees learn how to adapt to life with missing limbs.

If you or a loved one has become disabled due to a limb amputation, The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers can help you fight for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. To learn more about your rights, please contact our disability attorney team today.

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