Below Knee Amputation Video

Below Knee Amputation Video

This is a 24 minutes long video of a surgical amputation. There is a narration throughout the video which explains the entire procedure. The patient underwent several reconstructive surgeries to his left foot after a crushing trauma 4 years prior but kept experiencing pain and dysfunction and has requested amputation. The surgeons cut his lower leg off below the knee. Everything is explained in the video:

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41 thoughts on “Below Knee Amputation Video”

      1. @It was me, yes I think I could watch a video of my leg being amputated; I did watched one when I had my artificial lenses put into my eyes. I know that’s not the same thing, but, hey, i’m a gore freak 🙂

        1. When I had my heart attack a few years back (luckily not very painful — 95% blockage in my rear coronary artery), I was conscious for the entire procedure where they ran a little wire up from my femoral artery (I can’t think what that’s called at the moment), into my artery, unclogged it and put in a stent to keep it open…

          As they also had “live video” of what they were doing via some sort of ultrasound or RT X-ray, I could also SEE what happened in my heart, saw the clog broken up (worst pain of the whole time, but brief and still not too bad), and then when he put the stent in.

          When they got ready to discharge me 3 days later I asked the Dr. if they saved that video on their computer, and he said they did. So I requested a copy of it so I could watch it again on my home PC, which I have (not sure where the disc is these days, though).

          I found this amputation video quite interesting, and was really surprised how they sewed that flap of skin and muscle over the wound in such a way that after 3 months it looked almost like he was born that way.

          Amazing stuff! Not sure I could do it (not sure my hands could be that steady), but it’s great to watch. I, too, was amazed there was NO blood at first, but they had a tourniquet on his leg above the amputation site (and I counted a total of EIGHT clamps they put on various veins and arteries during that part. Once they let the tourniquet loose we saw blood, but they contained that well by sewing each vessel up.

          Freakin’ awesome!

  1. I’m really good with my hands and I think I could pull this off if given the opportunity. Anybody have the need to remove their lower leg just hit me up and I’ll do a quick refresh before we begin. Don’t everyone start lookin me up at one time now…

  2. I think I’d rather live in pain than have my leg cut off. Even after an amputation you still have what’s called phantom limb pain which is just as bad. What a waste of money trying to reconstruct it when in the end he chose to just cut it off.

    1. I had to have half my pelvis cut out, (along with my left leg,) because of bone infection a year and a half ago. The pain relief was immediate and so pronounced that I was up and back in my wheelchair, (I’m paralyzed from the chest down, but still have sensation,) in four days. I do still feel like my leg is there, and it ends up in weird places at times, (for example, like it’s bent behind me at the hip so my foot would be behind my shoulder,) and yes, it hurts, but nothing compared to how bad it hurt prior to the surgery, (with rare exceptions.) My brother had part of his left hand blown off in the first Gulf War, (we’re both Marines,) and he still feels his missing finger all these years later, but rarely painfully. The weird part for me is feeling like my leg is sticking straight down when I’m sitting in the wheelchair so my foot would be buried into the floor a couple of feet. I’m past trying not to bang my ghost leg into things though when it feels like it’s sticking straight out. 🙂

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