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Amputee Education Program

Amputation requires a great deal of physical and emotional adjustment on the part of an individual. It is a total life changing event that must not be underestimated by health care providers. Patients have to deal with multiple issues including the surgical procedure, rehabilitation, prosthetic fitting, social and economic concerns as well as the personal loss. Having had no prior experience similar to this, most patients find themselves unsure of where to go for information and support, and frequently unsure of what questions to ask. Family members strive to be supportive but are equally unarmed in knowing how to deal with their need for information. This can lead to a sense of loss of control, an experience already accompanying the loss of a limb. Any additional support for patients that can be obtained is invaluable to them at this difficult time.

The Amputee Education program provides information, education and support to patients at this critical time. Ideally, having contact pre-operatively or immediately postoperatively can help to calm a patient's growing fears and concerns which can so easily evolve from lack of information and an inadequate support network. The education program provides an opportunity for the patient to meet one on one with a trained individual who will listen to them, address their questions and provide appropriate information and education regarding the rehab process and overall adjustment that lies ahead. Social issues, personal loss, stump care, phantom pain and prosthetic options are issues highlighted in this program. A booklet will be provided for the patient which will be a handy reference as more questions come to mind. Family members are encouraged and welcomed to be involved in the meeting. Their concerns are always relevant and demonstrate support for the patient.

There is no cost to the patient for this program. It is funded entirely by The Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Care. Having such education and support will assist the patient in feeling more a part of his own rehabilitation team, resulting in successful adaptation and return to a satisfactory lifestyle.