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Diplomate American Board of Anesthesiology
and Pain Management

Phantom Limb Pain

In the horrific event that a limb has to be amputated, people often feel that the body part is still there. Phantom limb sensation is very common, but some may feel pain in an area that is no longer present! For example, a patient may feel a burning sensation in the foot region after the leg has been amputated.

So called phantom pains are indeed real, but can be treated with a variety of medications and, if necessary, nerve blocks or implantable devices to control the pain.