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 Specialty Amputee Program

The Specialty Amputee Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center meets your physical and emotional needs resulting from loss of limb due to accident, illness, birth defect or cancer. Our care program prepares you for an artificial limb (prosthesis) and helps you learn skills for the greatest level of independence and quality of life.

Our Patients

We provide you with comprehensive care and rehabilitation following loss of a lower or upper limb:

Lower limb

  • Foot
  • Ankle
  • Above/below the knee
  • At the hip

Upper limb

  • Fingers
  • Wrist or hand
  • Above/below elbow
  • At the shoulder

Why Choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

Our team of physicians, nurses and therapists is specially trained in after-amputation care. Our program also includes certified prosthetists who are experts in fitting, adjusting and care of artificial limbs. There are many reasons to choose our programs and services:

  • We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
  • Our Specialty Amputee Program is one of only two CARF-accredited outpatient amputee programs in the country.
  • Our clinical therapists offer the most innovative approach to managing the amputee patient with advanced prosthetic technology.
  • A team of healthcare professionals with different areas of expertise work together to manage your care. This team includes orthopaedic surgeons, prosthetists and physical therapists.
  • Our clinical staff uses the most recent evidence-based practice model to provide leading edge rehabilitation.
  • For 19 consecutive years, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has been ranked among the best in the country by U.S.News & World Report.
  • Since The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an academic medical center, you benefit from innovative research, a depth of medical expertise and the newest technologies and treatment techniques available.

Our Services

The Specialty Amputee Program offers rehabilitation services to help in each phase of your rehabilitation – from services offered in the hospital (known as inpatient services) to those offered after returning home (known as outpatient services). These services offer a continuum of care to help achieve your highest level of recovery.

We'll help you:

  • Achieve comfort and independence with your amputation if you do not have an artificial limb
  • Care for your amputation, including wound care, phantom pain, stump wrapping and desensitization
  • Choose the appropriate artificial limb for the best fit and function
  • Prevent complications
  • Return to driving, if possible
  • Return to work and daily activities (walking, climbing stairs), if possible

Your Treatment Plan

Your treatment plan is customized to meet your specific needs and may include:

  • Consultation and evaluation
  • Wound care
  • Pain management
  • Patient and family education
  • Preparation for artificial limb
  • Customized artificial limbs, braces, splints, canes and other assistive devices
  • Fitting and adjusting of artificial limb
  • Physical therapy (uses specially designed exercises and equipment to help patients regain or improve their physical abilities)
  • Occupational therapy (treatment to help people engage in activities of daily living)
  • Social work (helping individuals enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning)
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Nutrition counseling

Your Treatment Team

Your personalized treatment plan is implemented by a team of specialists who may include:

  • Physicians (specialize in diagnosing and treating patients with injuries or diseases)
  • Nurses (specialize in patient care, health promotion and disease prevention)
  • Physical therapists (specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility)
  • Occupational therapists (specialize in improving patients' ability to complete activities of daily living)
  • Prosthetists (specialize in fitting, adjusting and care of artificial limbs)
  • Pain management specialists (specialize in evaluating and treating patients with severe persistent and disabling pain)
  • Dietitians (specialize in nutrition and dietetics)
  • Counselors (provide a variety of counseling, rehabilitation and support services)

Care Locations

Additional Specialized Services

Your rehabilitation team may recommend additional rehab services that may include:

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