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Failed Above-the-Knee Amputation (AKA), Failed Below-the-Knee Amputation (BKA)


AKA is surgical removal of the leg above the knee. BKA is surgical removal of the leg below the knee. Sometimes after this type of surgery, there may be complications. When this happens, the diagnosis is Failed Knee Amputation. Keep reading to learn more.

Causes & Triggers

  • Accident
  • Infection (osteomyelitis)
  • Trauma
  • Tumor or malignancy
  • Vascular disease

Signs & Symptoms

  • Bleeding
  • Drainage
  • Intractable pain
  • Limited or no range of motion above surgical site
  • Poor or inadequate healing
  • Redness
  • Skin breakdown
  • Swelling
  • Swelling
  • Warmth

Tips & Treatment

  • Treatment may include antibiotic therapies for infection in combination with further excision and/or surgical reconstruction.

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