Upper extremity amputations and prosthetics

Steven A. Ovadia, Morad Askari

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Upper extremity amputations are most frequently indicated by severe traumatic injuries. The location of the injury will determine the level of amputation. Preservation of extremity length is often a goal. The amputation site will have important implications on the functional status of the patient and options for prosthetic reconstruction. Advances in amputation techniques and prosthetic reconstructions promote improved quality of life. In this article, the authors review the principles of upper extremity amputation, including techniques, amputation sites, and prosthetic reconstructions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-61
Number of pages7
JournalSeminars in Plastic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2015


  • amputation
  • arm
  • finger
  • hand
  • prosthetic
  • upper extremity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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