Bilateral Above the Knee Amputation in Afghanistan

J Spec Oper Med. 2023 Jun 23;23(2):114-117. doi: 10.55460/5HLH-TW89.


Prolonged Casualty Care (PCC) has become an essential component to Special Operations Forces (SOF) pre-mission training. However, it has not regularly been required in recent combat operations with the availability of medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) support. Poor weather conditions at an austere SOF outpost created an emergency unreachable by aeromedical evacuation. Herein, we report a case of an emergency bilateral above-the-knee amputation procedure performed by three Special Forces Medical Sergeants (18D(a), 18D(b), and 18D(c)) and supporting Army medics with minimal telemedicine consult and guidance.

Keywords: Afghanistan; MEDEVAC; amputation; austere; combat; emergency; special operation; telemedicine.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Afghanistan
  • Amputation, Surgical
  • Humans
  • Military Medicine* / education
  • Military Personnel* / education