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Individuals experience loss of limb due to injury, disease, or amputation. During an amputation surgery, an extremity is removed from the body. Sometimes the entire limb will be removed and, other times, only a portion of the limb. Among all amputation surgeries, the removal of legs (both above and below the knee) are the most common.

What Causes a Loss of Leg? The Reasons for Amputation

The reasons an individual might face a physical impairment as daunting as the loss of a leg are many and varied. One of the most common reasons an amputation becomes necessary is peripheral arterial disease, which restricts blood flow from entering the extremities and prevents oxygen and nutrients from reaching the cells in these parts of the body.

Additional reasons for amputation include:

  • severe injury
  • cancer
  • serious, antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections
  • frostbite
  • neuroma (the thickening of nerve tissue)


Mobility Outreach International Doctors Restore Mobility with Lower Limb Prostheses

Mobility Outreach International’s regional teams of doctors, surgeons, and physical therapists work with adults and children to restore mobility following the loss of a leg. We provide complete prosthetic leg systems for patients with both above and below the knee amputations. In addition, our physical therapists and doctors continue to work with patients to provide education, advocacy, and physical therapy to restore physiological balance to the body’s musculoskeletal system.

In addition to working with teams of locally based medical professionals, Mobility Outreach International strives to implement local prosthetic manufacturing and repair resources, when possible, to bolster local medical infrastructure and improve accessibility to beneficiaries in our global regions. We work with our partners to provide adults and children access to durable and comfortable prosthetic limbs, in addition to ongoing medical care.