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An amputation is defined as the ‘partial or complete surgical removal of a limb'. Artificial limbs have been found to date back to over 2000 years ago, making amputation surgery one of the oldest surgical procedures in history. Lower limb amputations are more common than upper limbs. In the UK, major limb amputations are performed on between 5000 and 6000 people every year, and in the USA approximately 1.6 million persons are living with a loss of a limb.
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