Is phantom limb sensation common after amputation?
Most, if not all, patients who undergo amputation, either traumatic or surgical, will experience sensation at the site of the missing part. This is because, despite disruption and removal of neural tissue, sensory pathways in the peripheral and central nervous system persist and continue to signal aberrantly. These neuropathic sensations can manifest as electric shock-like pain, numbness, burning, tingling, or other unpleasant sensory effects. Preemptive analgesia may prevent or limit the extent and intensity of postamputation phantom pain.