Era of amputation

amputationAmputation was considered to be absolutely necessary for durable local control. It was even believed that this kind of ablation should include the entire totality of the affected bone.

These radical mutilating cancer clearance surgeries led to marked disability and disfigurement. Amputation is the most merciful of surgeries when it is the only resort but the meanest of surgeries when better alternatives are available. Amputation not only removes a physical part of the human body but also removes a part of the personality of the patient. In order to overcome the functional, psychological and social problems associated with amputation, the concept of limb salvage was evolved.