PREOPERATIVE STAGE (CONSULTATION AND EDUCATION)
Whenever possible, Michigan Vascular will meet with patients and their family members prior to amputation surgery. When we meet, we can address questions and concerns and help set expectations. This is vital to prepare for the physical and emotional loss of a limb.
We offer our expertise and compassion starting with our initial meeting and throughout the entire amputee rehabilitation journey. We provide services to patients facing all levels of limb loss, including:
- partial foot
- ankle disarticulation
- below knee (Ertl)
- through knee (Mazet)
- above knee
- hip disarticulation
PERIOPERATIVE STAGE (AROUND THE TIME OF SURGERY)
We are available to work directly with the patient’s surgeon to plan the best possible amputation procedure. When options are available, we can guide patients through their specific options so that they may make on informed decision. However, every patient’s circumstances are unique and at times, there may not be multiple options for amputation level or technique.
POSTOPERATIVE STAGE (RECOVERY FROM AMPUTATION)
Following amputation, patients should expect to receive postoperative education specific to the healing and recovery of their residual limb. Some of the postoperative services that we offer include:
- compression management
- peer visitation
- training on residual limb protection
- fall prevention
We work alongside wound care and therapy team members throughout the rehabilitation process.
PROSTHETIC EVALUATION & FITTING
The prosthetic care process begins with a thorough evaluation of the patient. We take into consideration medical history, residual limb health, rehabilitation progress, and mobility-related goals. Thoughtful evaluation is required to design a custom artificial limb that will best aid the patient in reaching their goals and facilitating their lifestyle. The next step is fitting, an iterative process to achieve comfort, function, and mobility in the prosthesis.
A prosthesis needs to enable the patient to regain mobility and resume everyday activities. For most amputees, this requires the ability to walk, or ambulate. Building strong ambulation skills requires motivation, practice, and expert gait training. This is typically provided in conjunction with a therapy program with a physical therapist.
As patients progress in their ability to ambulate (at increased speeds, over obstacles, across challenging terrain), adjustments to the prosthesis will become necessary to maintain comfort, function, and mobility. For the best recovery from amputation, patients need to follow to the recommended training program and follow-up schedule.