Significant Findings For Rehabilitation Workers

There is no increase in the calculated risk of amputation in patients selected for immediate or early ambulation.

Most amputees in these categories can leave the hospital ambulating with a prosthesis within a month after operation, eliminating preprosthetic preparation and training. Of course, this procedure requires that the Surgical-Prosthetic Rehabilitation Team be informed, trained, and competent.

The myoplastic amputation converts a mutilating operation into a reconstructive surgical procedure. Postsurgical pain and phantom discomfort are markedly reduced. Psychological and physical deterioration are minimized. There is no unnecessary loss of time and no waiting period.

The process is one of uninterrupted

and continuous progress and rehabilitation. Disability time and loss of working time are diminished. Ultimate function is improved over standard management.

Geriatric patients are rehabilitated in a much higher percentage and fewer need to enter nursing homes.

It is suggested that more below-knee amputations can be salvaged than was previously anticipated in geriatric vascular cases.

From the Final Report of the Project: Investigation of Immediate Prosthetic Fitting and Early Amputation Following Amputation in the Lower Extremity

-- Allen S. Russek, M.D. Project Director