Full form/Meaning:

Above the knee amputation



This is the surgical removal of a part of a limb; done above the knee level. Soft tissue and primary bone sarcoma are some of the indications for AKA. Patients requiring an above-knee amputation for these conditions must undergo complete staging so as to allow the surgeon determine the level of amputation and extent of soft-tissue resection (Sugarbaker, et al, 2001)


Usage in Sentence:

“In order to save the patient’s life, the team of surgeons concluded on an AKA”

Do you know?

Minimum length to distal femur to amputate should be above 10cm (Chadwick and Lewis, 1991)



Sugarbaker, P. H., Bickels, J. and Malawer, M. M. (2001). Above-knee Amputation. Malawer, M. M., Sugarbaker, P. H. (Eds.). Musculoskeletal Cancer Surgery. Netherlands: Springer  p. 352. Doi: 10.1007/0-306-48407-2

Chadwick, S. J. and Lewis, J. D. (1991). Above-knee amputation. Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, 73(3): 152–154. Available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2499314/?page=2

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