This case report highlights the utility of accelerated rehabilitation with rigid postoperative dressings in the treatment of a young traumatic bilateral amputee to minimize the time to weightbearing and walking, and the fitting of the preparatory prostheses. Severe trauma to the lower extremities after motor vehicle crashes that require amputation tend to occur to young, healthy individuals. The authors report a patient who was standing in his temporary prostheses the day after bilateral amputations and was fitted with permanent prostheses 8 weeks later, about 6 months sooner than has been described. This accelerated rehabilitation greatly reduced the overall cost of the patient’s care and returned him to full function much faster.
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