choice of site

Last reviewed 05/2021

The most suitable level for amputation is determined by:

  • the site of vessel occlusion - the amputation must be made through healthy tissue to ensure adequate healing of the stump.

  • the fitting of a prosthesis - preservation of the knee joint provides greater functionality to the prosthesis. However, it must not be performed at the expense of making a short stump as the prosthesis will fit poorly and may slip out of the stump.