Amputation Management and Rehabilitation
The causes for amputation are many. They include blood vessel diseases, diabetes, blood clots or injuries. Whatever the cause, loss of a limb produces a permanent disability that can impact a patient's mobility, self-care and self-image. At Montefiore Medical Center, our physicians and staff will do everything possible to minimize the trauma to the patient and their family that amputation can cause.
Before and after surgery, you will work closely with a team of experts from the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Members of your team guide you and your family through surgery and rehabilitation.
Postoperative Phase and Support
During the postoperative phase, our expert staff will get you ready and fit you with a prosthesis. The selection of an arm, hand or leg prosthesis is specific to each patient's needs. Options include computerized or muscle controlled prosthesis. Rehabilitation programs for patients with amputations can be conducted on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Through physical and occupational therapy, you will learn how to walk again and/or resume daily and self-care tasks. Montefiore can also provide you with resources for support surrounding limb loss, financial and emotional support, and home help.
The goal of rehabilitation after an amputation is to help the patient return to the highest level of function and independence possible, while improving the overall quality of life, physically, emotionally and socially. Family and friends play a big role in successful rehabilitation. Talking to a person who has been through an amputation can be a great help, as well. Peer counselors can answer your questions honestly about life after amputation.