Amputee Program

  • Amputee Rehabilitation
    The amputee rehabilitation program is specially designed for people who have experienced limb loss. After amputation surgery, participants begin intensive physical and occupational therapy. Our inpatient amputee program requires at least three hours of therapy every day. Individuals admitted to the program must have a physician's referral and be willing and able to actively participate.

    At The Rehabilitation Institute, we strongly encourage family involvement. We provide counseling, education, and team conferences with family members. This supports our commitment to patient and family centered care.

    The Rehabilitation Institute’s amputee program has consistently positive patient outcomes.

    The Amputee Rehabilitation Process
    An individual amputee rehabilitation program might include the following services:

    • Therapies for improving strength, endurance, transfers, mobility, ambulation, and activities of daily living
    • Wound care education
    • Techniques to control and manage phantom limb pain or surgical pain
    • Training in donning and doffing limb protector, shrinker, and limb socks
    • Pre-prosthetic training or prosthetic training as appropriate
    • Weekly meetings with a registered nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and prosthetist
    • Support from other amputees, if desired
    • Diabetes education as needed
    • Psychological counseling to help in understanding and adjusting to physical and emotional changes
    • Outings to practice community living skills and mobility
    • Referral to vocational rehabilitation services
    • Referral to our driving evaluation and retraining program
    • Home assessments to recommend adaptive equipment and placement of ramps and railings
    • Home exercise program
    • Discharge planning

    Outpatient Amputee Rehabilitation
    After returning home, people may continue to receive intensive rehabilitation in our outpatient program. The program features a “transitional phase” from the hospital to community and home re-entry.

    Under the coordination of a rehabilitation nurse, patients receive outpatient procedures and services such as psychology, social work, and therapy services with respect to their long-term needs.