According to a recent report by the Amputee Coalition, approximately 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States. More than half of the amputations are due to complications related to vascular disease, including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease. Traumatic accident is the next leading cause of limb loss, and less than two percent have had an amputation due to cancer. War-related injuries are not a significant contributor as those amputations are typically done outside of the country or in a military hospital.
Amputee Statistics in Massachusetts
The report shows that Massachusetts limb loss has decreased by 24.3% between 1997 and 2012. Despite the steady decline over the years in Massachusetts, the total number of amputations performed in the United States increased by 3.6% during the same period. Continue reading “What it Means: Declining Rate of Amputations in Massachusetts”