SPECIAL FOCUS: AmputationPostoperative Management for the Transtibial Amputee Part IDeLuccia, David M. LPO, CPO1; Anderson, Jennifer MS1; Berlet, Gregory C. MD2 Author Information 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: [email protected]. Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery: September 2007 - Volume 6 - Issue 3 - p 162-165 doi: 10.1097/BTF.0b013e31814a57a4 Buy Metrics Abstract 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. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.