Why is it important to preserve as much of the extremity as possible when an amputation is being performed?
It is important, and the number one goal of any amputation, to preserve as much of the extremity as possible to maintain good joint function and ensure successful prosthetic application.
(Panton, H. “Introduction to Amputation.” In P. Deutsch and H. Sawyer (Ed.) A Guide to Rehabilitation. White Plains, NY: AHAB Press).