From major amputation to prosthetic outcome: a prospective study of 190 patients in a defined population
2004 (English)In: Prosthetics and orthotics international, ISSN 0309-3646, Vol. 28, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this prospective study, the overall treatment and outcome of patients that underwent major lower limb amputation in a defined population is described. The study was performed over a five year period in the Health Care District of North-East Skane, Sweden. Some 190 patients, permanent inhabitants of the Health Care District, underwent major lower limb amputation. Sixteen (16) of these patients had amputations before the study started and went through late second leg amputation during the period. One hundred and seventy four (174) patients had primary major amputation. Seventy nine (79) were men and 95 were women, with a median age of 81. The re-amputation rate was 17% although the primary knee preservation ratio was as high as 3.0:1. Rigid dressing was the standard method following trans-tibial amputation and was used for 5-7 days. ICEROSS(R) silicone liner was used for compression therapy in 90% of all cases that resulted in delivery of a prosthesis. Prostheses were delivered to 43% of all patients with primary amputations. These patients spent a median of 13 days at the orthopaedic clinic, 55 days at the rehabilitation unit. Pressure casting was used as a standard method in the production of the prosthetic socket. ICEX(R) carbon-fibre socket was used in 52%. New procedures, treatments and techniques were introduced, standardised and evaluated whilst the routines in the hospital were reorganised. In this way, a system has been implemented that better guarantees the outcome of the whole procedure and the service received by this category of patients.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 28, no 1
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-48287OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-48287DiVA: diva2:269183