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Amputation

Amputation is the removal of an extremity (for example, an arm or a leg) either surgically, as a result of infection, diabetes, vascular disease, cancer and other diseases, or through trauma, such as in accidents.

Often, amputations can be prevented. Diabetes is the largest cause of preventable amputation, with about 70 diabetic Australians undergoing a foot amputation each week. Close management of diabetes including healthy eating, an active lifestyle, regular foot checks and good blood sugar control reduces the risk of amputation for people with diabetes.

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Cannabis smoking could lead to leg amputation - myDr.com.au

A 26-year-old cannabis smoker has become Australia's first reported case of cannabis arteritis, nearly needing an amputation in the process.

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Phantom limb pain | myVMC

Phantom limb pain occurs after amputation. The amputee experiences painful sensations, often similar to the pain in the limb prior to amputation.

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Toe and forefoot amputation - Better Health Channel

Foot disease is a common condition caused by a poor blood supply to your foot. Removing any dead or infected tissue should prevent the spread of infection and improve your mobility.

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Limb Loss After Cancer Treatment - Information - CanTeen

The surgery needed to treat some cancers can sometimes involve amputation. Learn more about relief, treatment and support with CanTeen.

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Foot care

Foot care Looking after your feet When you have diabetes you need to take care of your feet every day Having diabetes can increase your risk of foot ulcers and amputations Daily care can prevent serious complications Check your feet daily for changes or problems Visit a podiatrist annually for a check up or more frequently if your feet are at high risk Why? Your feet are at risk because diabetes can cause damage to the nerves in your feet, blood circulation and infection

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Diabetes in Australia

Diabetes in Australia Diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century and the biggest challenge confronting Australias health system

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Your feet & diabetes

Good foot care can help prevent the onset of major foot problems. Every person with diabetes needs to be careful about their feet.

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what is type 2 diabetes | type 2 diabetes definition | what is type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes progresses when the insulin-producing cells in the body are unable to produce enough insulin, or when the insulin that is produced does not work properly.

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Preventing complications

Preventing complications Diabetes is a complex condition that affects many parts of a person's body

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Rehabilitation services :: SA Health

Rehabilitation Services in South Australia's public hospitals provide care and recovery options for people who have had a illness, injury or surgery.

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