Comprehensive Therapies to Improve Life After Limb Amputation
Amputation rehabilitation supports a person’s recovery after the surgical removal, called amputation, of an upper or lower limb, which includes the arm, hand, finger, leg, foot or toe. At Penn State Health, your amputation rehabilitation team is focused on helping you return to the highest level of function and recreation possible through rehabilitation services tailored to your unique needs. Your team is interdisciplinary, which means you are cared for by providers from many different specialty areas.
Our Amputation Rehabilitation Services
We use the latest rehabilitation methods and are dedicated to providing individualized, compassionate care before and after surgery.
Before Limb Amputation
Our rehabilitation physicians can meet with you and your surgery team before your procedure to coordinate your post-surgery care. We can also consult with your primary care provider to ensure your rehabilitation plan fits your personal health history and life at work and home.
After Limb Amputation
After your surgery, our team assists with transitioning across the continuum of care to either acute rehabilitation at Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital, sub-acute rehabilitation, or outpatient care, offering treatment recommendations based on your needs. Some of our postoperative services include:
- Wound care
- Pain management for postoperative and phantom pain
- Prosthetic and orthotic evaluations and fittings
- Adaptive rehabilitation to learn new strategies for staying active and maintaining your physical health after limb amputation
- Occupational and physical therapy to preserve your muscle strength and flexibility
- Psychological and peer counseling to help you adjust to the loss of a limb
- Medical management of coexisting conditions
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Why Choose Penn State Health for Amputation Rehabilitation
Experienced Rehabilitation Physicians
Our amputation rehabilitation services are directed by knowledgeable rehabilitation physicians, called physiatrists. These specialists have years of experience caring for patients who have had a limb amputated. Whether you have undergone surgery recently or in the past, they can help you reach your recovery goals.
Interdisciplinary Care Team
Through our interdisciplinary care, you’re given access to the widest range of therapies that improve your health and life after limb amputation. Led by your physiatrist, your care team includes physical and occupational therapists, neuropsychologists, prosthetists and recreational therapists. These providers work together to care for all of your needs, from medical to psychological and social.
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