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Postoperative Management for the Transtibial Amputee: Part I

DeLuccia, David M. LPO, CPO1; Anderson, Jennifer MS1; Berlet, Gregory C. MD2

Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery: September 2007 - Volume 6 - Issue 3 - p 162-165
doi: 10.1097/BTF.0b013e31814a57a4
SPECIAL FOCUS: Amputation

The advantages of a well-executed below-knee amputation are lost without a similarly well-executed postoperative plan. The purpose of this article is to provide an outline of a postoperative protocol for the transtibial amputee using a surgeon's cast and removable rigid dressing. This multidisciplinary approach (surgeon, prosthetist, and physical therapist) has reduced healing times, allowing patients to achieve productive ambulation on a definitive prosthesis 6 weeks after amputation.

1American Orthopedics, Inc., Columbus, OH

2Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center, Columbus, OH

Address correspondence and reprint requests to David DeLuccia, LPO, CPO, American Orthopedics, Inc, 1151 W Fifth Ave, Columbus, OH 43212. E-mail: dmdeluccia@columbus.rr.com.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.