An above-the-knee amputation (AKA) is the surgical removal of the leg above the knee.

Above-the-Knee Amputation
cropped leg
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An amputation above the knee may be done because of:

  • Poor blood flow that cannot be fixed
  • Severe infection
  • Trauma or injury
  • Tumors
  • Congenital disorders, such as a limb that has not formed properly