Limb amputations at a Tertiary Hospital in the Developing World:

A Look at Pattern and Indications


  • A Bafor
  • Akinyemi O


Limb amputation


Objectives: To determine the pattern of amputations in a tertiary centre. 

Design: Retrospective. 

Setting: Orthopaedic Department of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City,  Nigeria. 

Patients: Two hundred and ten (210) Individuals who underwent limb amputations between  January 2007 and December 2011. 

Results: There were one hundred and forty nine (149) male and sixty one (61) female patients  (71% and 29% respectively). The ages ranged from one year (1) to ninety years (90). The mean  age at presentation was 42.33±19.96 (SEM = 1.378). Limb ischaemia, trauma and neoplasia  made up 55.7%, 35.7% and 4.8% respectively of all cases analyzed. There were one hundred and  fifty (150) lower limb amputations and sixty (60) upper limb amputations. 

Conclusion: Limb Ischaemia is the commonest indication for amputations done at the  University of Benin Teaching Hospital. 

Author Biography

A Bafor

Orthopaedic Unit, Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma, UBTH


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Bafor A, Akinyemi O. Limb amputations at a Tertiary Hospital in the Developing World: : A Look at Pattern and Indications. AJTMBR [Internet]. 2015 Mar. 1 [cited 2023 Oct. 1];3(1):16-20. Available from: