An amputation to an extremity may occur due to trauma or disease. Having an extremity amputated is a life-changing event. UofL Health - Frazier Rehab Institute provides comprehensive treatment and addresses lifestyle changes to promote independence and functional mobility. Our treatment approach is for all levels of amputation – both upper and lower extremities – and provides post-operative amputation treatment as well as prosthetic training. Individuals who have amputations are provided therapy (from acute care through outpatient rehab) in order to return to their home and community environments. This involves not only the patient, but also the family and friends who make up their support network. Together, Frazier can help ensure a successful outcome.
Program goals and benefits
- Provide comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach including physical and occupational therapy, psychology, therapeutic recreation and nutrition consultation
- Assist patients with adaptive daily living skills
- Educate patients regarding prosthetic options, community resources and adaptive recreation
- Promote overall improved health and mobility to prevent further limb loss
- Develop a comprehensive plan for the patient and family to identify needed resources and services, and make appropriate referrals (Vocational Rehab, Veterans Affairs, Amputee Coalition of America, adaptive driving evaluation, etc).
- Promote maximum functional independence at home and in the community
- Close relationships with all prosthetic companies in the area
- Life skills training with an emphasis on:
- Adjustment to life without a limb
- Pain management
- Management of diabetes and vascular disease (if applicable)
- Pre-prosthetic limb care
- Preparation for prosthesis
- Preservation of remaining of limbs
- Adaptive mobility (wheelchair training, use of crutches/walkers)
- Adaptive driving evaluations
- Wheelchair and DME prescription
- Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Clinic
For additional resources on amputee rehabilitation, watch the Amputee Rehabilitation and Community Reintegration and Living Well with Limb Loss video series, provided by the Amputee Coalition.