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I want my legs amputated

I know this sounds dramatic, but I do. However, I also want to do it safely or as safely as is possible.

I hate both of my legs and want so much to have both of my lower legs amputated below the knee. I hate how they look and feel, and how much pain they always cause me. I'm sure that having them amputated would give me relief from the pain.

Can I get them amputated? If so, how? Who do I talk to? How long does the process take?


  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 13,344 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community 

    As an amputee myself I wouldn't recommend this drastic action out of choice 

    I understand pain but believe me even having one leg amputated is life changing . You struggle with everything in life down to bathing   toileting , getting dressed and so on 

    As for process I doubt any surgeon would do this unless last resort 
  • Alex_Scope
    Alex_Scope Posts: 796

    Scope community team

    Hello @LittleKitten how are you feeling today? Thanks for reaching out, that's a positive first step.

    I'm sorry to hear about the pain you've been experiencing. Can you tell me if you've spoken to your GP about how you're feeling? You could discuss what options you have for managing pain, or what you feel isn't working for you.

    Feeling a lot of pain can have a big impact on your mental health, do you feel you're getting enough support with that currently?

    If you're feeling unsure about anything, please do let me know.

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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 6,095 Disability Gamechanger
    Have you asked your GP for a referral to the local pain clinic, amputation sounds really drastic and I'm sure no surgeon would do it unless it was life threatening.
    Your best bet is to treat the pain and not the cause of the pain.
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 25,649 Disability Gamechanger
    I agree with others, it's unlikely any surgeon would agree to this unless it's the only option. Pain clinic waiting times are extremely long even before the pandemic so i can't imagine how long they would be now.
    I'd advise you to speak to your GP and hopefully they will be able to help you.
    Have you also tried to find other ways to help with your pain? I have fibromyalgia amongst other things and heat helps my pain. It doesn't take it away completely but it does help when it's at it's worst.
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 2,411 Pioneering
    @LittleKitten sorry to read you feel this way, like others have said it's best to see your gp, they may be able to help, with pain relief and refer you if needed to a specialist Dr. Having your legs amputated will be the last resort by any Dr tho. 


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