Amputation, very simply, is the surgical removal of a limb – most typically, part of or the whole arm or leg – where the person who has it removed can still function perfectly fine and in a healthy way. Limbs are typically amputated after accidents or other events where they must be removed medically to ensure that the rest of the body is maintained in a healthy way or in cases of disease and sickness where a limb is needed to be removed in order to keep the person healthy and safe.
After amputation, most patients live completely healthy and normal lives, though occasionally, they may require caregiver support depending on their mobility and ability to do things independently.
The causes of amputation in humans vary greatly. Some include injuries from accidents and malicious wounding, as well as, disease and infection in limbs that requires removal to save the rest of the body.
An underlying solution related to causes is that, with amputation, no limb will be removed unless it is done so to keep the rest of the body safe and healthy, and no limb will be taken away unless it needs to be done so to maintain optimal health and provide a better quality of life for the patient afterwards.
Symptoms of amputation do not typically emerge, as they do for a disease or terminal illness. In amputation, symptoms come before the operation and would include the presence of an arm or leg that is severely injured enough that it must be removed. As amputation is a very acute medical case, symptoms will quite obviously present themselves in an emergency, and it is imperative that the patient be taken in for medical treatment immediately once it happens.
Disability Tax Credits for Amputation
If you or a family member has had an amputation that is limiting the basic activities of daily living, you may qualify for disability tax credits and other benefits offered by the Canadian government. Some categories you may qualify under include walking, feeding, dressing and elimination (bowel and bladder functions). HandyTax can examine your situation to see which credits and benefits you may qualify for. Call us today and speak to one of representatives or fill out our consultation form for a set of forms.