Clinical rehabilitation of the amputee: A retrospective study
AbstractThe aim of this study was to determine the rehabilitation outcome of lower limb amputee patients after clinical rehabilitation. Altogether 183 amputee patients admitted for clinical rehabilitation in the years 1987–1991 were reviewed by retrospective analysis of medical record data. Three groups of amputee patients were identified by reason for amputation. The vascular group: (N = 132), mean age 67 years, mean admission time 119 days, 85% prosthetic fitting. The oncology group (N = 15), mean age 55 years, mean admission time 77 days, 60% prosthetic fitting. The traumatic amputee group: (N = 14), mean age 41 years, mean stay 134 days and 100% prosthetic fitting. Some 22 patients were bilateral amputees and were assessed separately. The most important reasons for not fitting a prosthesis were oncological metastases, stump and wound healing problems. After rehabilitation 86% of all patients could be discharged home. These results are more favourable than those seen in previous studies.