A severe injury that results in amputation will at the very least involve surgical procedures at hospitals, which are very expensive. Amputations can involve single digits (e.g., fingers and toes), partial limbs (e.g., arms and legs), entire limbs, multiple limbs, and any combination of the foregoing. Oftentimes, more than one surgery is required, particularly if the injury is complex. Additional surgeries may also be required in the future to try and restore limb functions or address new issues that have arisen.
Not all surgeons are appropriate for all surgical procedures. Some doctors focus on certain body parts, such as hands, shoulders, arms, and feet. Other doctors have a more broad and non-specialized surgical practice.
It is important to choose the right doctor if a surgery is required for an amputation. All surgeries are dangerous, and can result in death. In an emergency, there may not be the opportunity to choose the doctor, especially if the surgery is being performed in the emergency room immediately after the injury to save the person’s life. But if the surgery is taking place weeks or months after the injury, there is usually enough time to make sure the right doctor is selected for the procedure.