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New Support Group for Amputees and Limb Loss Meets June 17 at King’s Daughters

King’s Daughters Medical Center will host a new support group for people who have had an amputation or have lost a limb at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 17, at the King’s Daughters Rehabilitation Unit Family Resource Room (second floor). Light refreshments will be served. The group was formed as a result of patient requests for support, encouragement and information after an amputation. For more information about the support group or to make a reservation, please call (606) 408-7407.

Limb loss affects approximately 1.7 million in the U.S. The main cause of acquired limb loss is poor circulation in a limb due to arterial disease, with more than half of all amputations occurring among people with diabetes. Amputation of fingers, toes or a limb also may occur after a traumatic event or for the treatment of a bone cancer. Major risk factors include having diabetes and heart disease, smoking, lack of exercise and poor nutrition. Certain racial and ethnic groups also are at increased risk of amputation.

Most people who have had an amputation or who have lost a limb have the potential to attain a high degree of function and a satisfying quality of life. Although amputees may start with crutches and wheelchairs, the use of prosthesis or artificial limbs can assist with walking, driving and other normal activities.

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