The review presented below is not intended to be comprehensive but to provide highlights regarding the background literature underlying the Limb Loss Task Force recommendations.
Direct Health-Related Costs
- In 2014, hospital charges for lower-limb amputation procedures accounted for more than $10 billion.
- In 2004, the total hospital costs associated with diabetes-related lower-limb amputations alone totaled more than $1.5 billion .
- Professional nursing care at home after losing a limb due to dysvascular disease costs a person with limb loss an estimated $100,000 per year .
- A below-knee amputation costs Medicare an average of $81,051 per person.
- Trauma patients who undergo attempts at limb salvage over the course of 18-24 months following their injury averaged 53.4 days in the hospital at a cost of $53,462 in hospital charges and, on average, underwent 6.9 surgical procedures with attendant personal and financial costs .