An above-the-knee amputation (AKA) is the surgical removal of the leg above the knee.
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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
- Congenital disorders, such as a limb that has not formed properly
Last reviewedDecember 2013by Michael Woods, MD
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