Amputation is defined as removal of part of any or part of a limb or appendage of the body. A below the knee amputation is also called a trans-tibial amputation or BKA amputation. The residual part of the limb that remains after the procedure is often called a stump. Your orthopaedic surgeon will retain the knee joint and save as much of the lower limb as possible and maintain the best measurement of stump length for optimal prosthetic fit and circulation.
In order to confirm that an amputation is necessary, you may undergo a number of tests that may include:
You will be placed under general anesthesia during the surgical procedure so you'll be asleep. Then:
Your doctor may suggest that an artificial limb or prosthesis be fitted to your stump as soon as possible to aid in the recovery process. You can expect to stay in the hospital for 2 to 7 days, with an approximately six-week recovery period following the surgical procedure. You will undergo physical rehabilitation to help with gait training and to aid in your adaption of a prosthetic device for greater independence and mobility.