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2021 Dec 05

J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg

Prevention is better than cure: Surgical methods for neuropathic pain prevention following amputation – A systematic review.


de Lange JWD, Hundepool CA, Power DM, Rajaratnam V, Duraku LS, Zuidam JM
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2021 Dec 05.
PMID: 34955394.


Pain after amputation can be known as residual limb pain (RLP) or phantom limb pain (PLP); however, both can be disabling in daily life with reported incidences of 8% for finger amputations and up to 85% for major limb amputations. The current treatment is focused on reducing the pain after neuropathic pain occurs. However, surgical techniques to prevent neuropathic pain after amputation are available and effective, but they are underutilized. The purpose of the review is to investigate the effects of techniques during amputation to prevent neuropathic pain.