As Prosthetics Improve, Amputees Face New Choices

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Guests

Tom White, family physician and amputee
Amy Palmiero-Winters, elite ultramarathoner and amputee
Hugh Herr, head of the biomechanics research group at MIT and double amputee

For years, the goal of surgery was to save as much of the amputee's limb as possible. Now, many are opting to amputate more extensively — having healthy parts of their limbs removed — in order to regain more normal, pain-free function with a prosthetic limb.

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