Original communication Society for Vascular Surgery (concluded)| Volume 41, ISSUE 2, P190-197, February 1957

The early rehabilitation of the arteriosclerotic amputee

  • Richard Warren
    Boston, Mass. USA

    From Veterans Administration Hospital, West Roxbury, Mass. USA
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    ∗ Clinical Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.; Chief, Surgical Service, Veterans Administration Hospital, West Roxbury, Mass.; and Surgeon, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, Mass.
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      • 1.
        1. A program for the rehabilitation of the arteriosclerotic above-knee amputee has been presented.
      • 2.
        2. Under this program 23, or 71 per cent, of a group of 32 patients surviving amputation walked with a prosthesis. In 18 selected patients the mean interval between amputation and walking with a prosthesis was 4.3 weeks. Four patients walked with prosthesis in less than 2.5 weeks postoperatively.
      • 3.
        3. The application of this program, which requires the education of all personnel caring for the patient, can be rewarding in patient satisfaction, in shortened hospital stay, and in a lessened community responsibility for this group of patients.
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