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Comprehensive Amputee Rehabilitation- The process of rehabilitation after an amputation can be overwhelming. We guide you through each phase to reduce the length of down time and keep the goal in reach!
1) Pre-operative consideration
- Peer counseling
- Post amputation goals and planning- comprehensive evaluation
- Physical Therapy to avoid deconditioning and prepare for prosthetic training
2) Amputation and Direct post-op treatment
The literature supports that rigid dressings result in significantly accelerated rehabilitation times and significantly less edema compared with soft gauze dressings.
Prefabricated pneumatic prostheses were found to be associated with significantly fewer postoperative complications and required fewer higher-level revisions compared with soft gauze dressing.
Source: Douglas G. Smith, et al. “Postoperative Dressing and management Strategies for Transtibial Amputations: A Critical Review”
3) Compression Therapy
We aim to reduce the healing time by providing compression therapy while the wound is healing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq-61P7kWbo&feature=plcp
4) Prosthetic Care
Once the wound has healed, we will design and fit the prosthetic leg customized for you and your rehabilitation goals. The products we use can be found here: www.sosmedical.net/products
5) Follow Up
Prosthetic care is a lifelong journey. We will be checking in with you to make sure everything is working and fitting correctly. After the definitive prosthesis is fitting correctly, you should see us every six months.