What to do if you lose a limb?
1. Stop the Bleeding
- Wash your hands with soap and water, if possible.
- Have the injured person lie down, if possible, and elevate the injured area.
- Don’t reposition the person if you suspect a head, neck, back, or leg injury.
- Apply steady, direct pressure to the wound.
How painful is an amputation?
The pain is often described as aching, throbbing, shooting, cramping, or burning. Non-painful sensations may include feelings of numbness, itching, paresthesias, twisting, pressure or even the perception of involuntary muscle movements in the residual limb at the amputation site.
What does traumatic amputation feel like?
About 80% of all patients that suffer from an amputation experience tingling, itching, numbness, or pain in the place where the amputated part used to be. This is called phantom pain or sensation. Phantom pain may begin immediately after the amputation or may develop months or years later.
What is it called when you lose a limb?
Amputation is the removal of a limb by trauma, medical illness, or surgery. As a surgical measure, it is used to control pain or a disease process in the affected limb, such as malignancy or gangrene. The amputated person is called an amputee.