About Our Amputee Program
An amputation is a life-changing event. It requires that you start approaching life in a whole new way. Our therapists are experienced in helping you adapt to your new normal and working with you to overcome the challenges that arise after an amputation. Through physical therapy and occupational therapy, we give you the treatment, education and support to live a healthy, productive life long after an amputation.
Our Approach to Outpatient Treatment
Recovering from an amputation is most often done in an inpatient setting. However, continued outpatient therapy is sometimes necessary to help you become accustomed to your new prosthetic device. Our therapists will work with you using physical therapy and occupational therapy to help you gain confidence and independence with your prosthesis. We also provide education and training on how to properly maintain and care for your prosthesis.
Physical Medicine Consultation
After you complete your initial rehabilitation, you may need life-long counseling and care. Our physicians, who specialize in prosthetics and amputation care, can meet all ongoing amputation and prosthetic management needs.
Our Approach to Inpatient Treatment
Inpatient services are provided for patients with single or multi-limb loss of the upper and/or lower extremity. The care team focuses on the medical management of the amputation, as well as any other coexisting conditions, nursing care, and physical and occupational therapy services. Our goa l is to help you regain your strength and independence in order to maintain a fulfilling life.
Inpatient services can include:
- Wound care for healing of the amputation
- Pain management
- Intensive physical therapy to build your strength, endurance, balance and mobility
- Intensive occupational therapy to help you with your activities of daily living such as feeding, dressing and grooming
- Psychological care for emotional, social and behavioral issues
- Pre-prosthetic training and exercise
- Individualized prosthetic fitting and customization with a certified prosthetist and experienced therapists trained specifically in amputation
- Patient and family education
Your treatment team, led by a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation can include rehabilitation nurses, physical and occupational therapists, therapeutic recreation specialists, nutritionists, psychologists, care coordination and social work, and prosthetic specialists.
Our Approach to Home Health Treatment
Our home health specialists can help you readjust to home life following an amputation. We provide continued health management of your residual limb and physical therapy to help improve the function of your artificial limb. Home modification and equipment recommendations will also be provided.