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Case 167: Leg trouble

1. What type of amputation has been performed?

An above knee amputation

2. How do you know?

The image is not all that clear, but the knee joint is just visible in the amputated part. The give away is the retractor that is being used. This broad sheet of metal is sloted on one side to accommodate the femoral shaft, thereby retracting the soft tissues of the thigh when using a saw to cut through the bone.