2016 marks first year without combat amputation since Afghan, Iraq wars began

Since 2001, about 1,650 U.S. troops have lost hands, arms, legs or feet during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Year after year, combat in both theaters created amputees. But in 2016, the number of deployed troops who suffered amputations was zero.

Source: 2016 marks first year without combat amputation since Afghan, Iraq wars began – Stripes

As a comparison, approximately 17 million amputations have been performed on people with diabetes since 2001, worldwide.

 

Source: 2016 marks first year without combat amputation since Afghan, Iraq wars began – Stripes

David G. Armstrong

Dedicated to amputation prevention, wound healing, diabetic foot, biotechnology and the intersection between medical devices and consumer electronics.

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