Amputations Can Be Caused by a Traumatic Event or to Prevent Further Harm.

There are nearly two million Americans who have survived the amputation of a limb, according to the Amputee Coalition, with 45% of those amputations resulting from some traumatic event. The event itself may cause the amputation or damage the limb so severely that medical treatment would not be effective and amputation would be necessary for the overall health of the person.
About 185,000 amputations occur annually with the estimated annual medical costs of amputations at $8.3 billion.