At least 30,000 traumatic amputations occur in the U.S. every year. A traumatic amputation can involve any body part or extremity, including the arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, toes, ears. Statistically, the most common causes of accidental traumatic amputation injuries are as follows:

  1. Traffic accidents (including bicycles, trains, motorcycles)
  2. Workplace/factory/construction accidents
  3. Agricultural accidents (including lawnmowers)
  4. Firearm/explosives/fireworks accidents (includes military casualties)
  5. Electrocution accidents
  6. Ring traction accidents
  7. Building and car door accidents

Of the causes listed, motor vehicle accidents are by far the most common cause of medically necessary traumatic amputations. Industrial and agricultural accidents rank close together as the number two and three leading causes.

Traumatic amputation stats

About two million people live in the U.S. with limb loss, nearly 25 percent of all amputations are due to traumatic accidents

  • 70 percent of all traumatic amputations involve the upper limbs
  • At least 600 children undergo lawnmower-related amputations each year in the US
  • About 22 percent of patients who had a lower limb amputated were readmitted to the hospital for complications within 30 days
  • The majority of traumatic amputation victims are between ages 15 and 40
  • Nearly 80 percent of accidental amputation victims are male
  • The most common traumatic amputation is partial hand amputation with loss of one or more fingers
  • The second most common form is the loss of one arm.
  • 10 percent of upper body amputations are of the wrist and hand.
  • 60 percent of total wrist and hand amputations are transradial, meaning that the amputation occurs below the elbow.