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Amputation: The Impossible Decision

Not for the first time, one of my clients has been faced with an impossible choice. Whether to have a limb removed is however, probably a choice that most of us will never have to consider in our lifetime.

How as a consultant therefore do you advise the client appropriately? 

Not surprisingly, all of my clients who have been in just that position have thought long and hard whether to agree an amputation and many months have passed with my clients in a considerable amount of pain whilst they have reached that decision.

A point has to be reached where the extent of the injuries are such that the limb in question will no longer function as a limb. It cannot be used.

It is effectively useless and a decision then has to be made with significant amount of input from consultants, as to whether the limb is going to improve in any way or will remain forever painful and useless, and whether the stage has been reached to elect to have the limb removed.

I can say with the benefit of experience and having spoken at length to a number of clients in just this position, that in each and every case they have not looked back. Of course, this does not make the final decision any easier.

Tristan Hallam is a Senior Personal Injury Solicitor specialising in amputation claims at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.

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