Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – Limb Amputation Rehabilitation
Patients who are recovering from limb amputation (removal of an arm, leg, foot, hand, toe or finger) have a wide range of needs. These include managing multiple health conditions as well as psychological and social issues. Our team of rehabilitation experts provides compassionate care tailored to each patient's specific needs.
At Penn State Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), our seasoned PM&R physiatrists (physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation) give each patient individualized attention during hour-long visits. We guide you through every step of the recovery process so you can live a healthy, active life.
Our PM&R physiatrists specialize in working with patients who have undergone amputations of the upper limbs (arm, hand, finger) or lower limbs (leg, foot, toe).
We are experts in managing care for the remaining limb to help you regain as much mobility and functionality as possible.
Care begins before you even have surgery. Our rehabilitation specialists evaluate and consult with vascular (blood vessel), plastic (tissue) and orthopaedic (bone and muscle) surgeons at Penn State Health on the following:
- Your overall health and any other conditions
- Treatment options, keeping in mind your personal goals for recovery
- Our rehabilitation team coordinates your medical and rehabilitation care with your primary care doctor, including:
- Medical care for patients who have other conditions such as diabetes or those recovering from cancer or trauma surgery
- Rehabilitation services to boost recovery and prepare you for a transition back to home, work and other activities
The Penn State Health limb amputation rehabilitation team includes specialists who provide comprehensive care and support after amputation surgery. Depending on each patient's specific needs, our PM&R physiatrists may recommend one or more of the following:
- Medical management after surgery and for co-existing conditions
- Pain management
- Prosthetics and orthotics (artificial limbs and limb support) to improve mobility
- Adaptive rehabilitation to learn strategies for functioning with a prosthesis (artificial limb) or without a limb
Our PM&R physiatrists and therapists care for the whole person. Central to recovery is the ability to enjoy a regular, healthy life. Penn State Health offers the following therapies:
- Speech, occupational and physical therapy to help you return to regular activities
- Psychological and peer counseling to help you adjust to the loss of a limb