Lower-limb amputations.

  title={Lower-limb amputations.},
  author={T L{\"a}{\"a}peri and Timo H Pohjolainen and Hannu Alaranta and Merja U M K{\"a}rkk{\"a}inen},
  journal={Annales chirurgiae et gynaecologiae},
  volume={82 3},
The current epidemiological situation with regard to lower-limb amputations in southern Finland was analysed for the year 1989. Lower-limb amputations were performed on 268 patients. The amputation rate was 22.0 per 100,000 inhabitants, and the mean age of amputees was 70 years. Peripheral vascular disease was the main reason for amputation (79%). The most common level of amputation was above-knee (49%) followed by below-knee (29%). Two thirds (64%) of the patients lived over one year, and half… CONTINUE READING