Lower Limb Amputation

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Lower Limb Amputation

A Guide to Living a Quality Life


Adrian Cristian

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"Limb loss can occur due to trauma, infection, diabetes, vascular disease, cancer and other diseases. Lower limb amputation is relatively common and has a profound impact on a person's life, regardless of the cause. Feelings of loss and grief, difficulties in learning to walk with an artificial limb, and readjustment to an interrupted life all pose considerable challenges. Nevertheless, there are countless stories of people who have successfully overcome these problems.

This book provides the practical knowledge needed to cope with the life changes caused by lower limb amputation. It demystifies the medical process and technical jargon by using plain, easily understandable language. And it is the first book to combine medical, prosthetic, and psychosocial factors in one convenient volume, including:

  • Causes of lower limb amputation, especially diabetes, and ways to prevent further amputation
  • Surgical techniques for lower limb amputation
  • Learning to walk with a prosthesis
  • The unique challenges faced by children and elderly people living with an amputation
  • Exercising and sports with a lower limb prosthesis
  • And much more!

The outlook of this book is ultimately an optimistic one. Well-informed, knowledgeable individuals with amputations are better able to take care of themselves and are more effective self-advocates. This book gives them the tools they need to forge a productive, satisfying, and high-quality life."

Product Details

  • Publication Date September 01, 2005
  • Page Count 132
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603248

About The Author(s)

Dr. Adrian Cristian MD

Dr. Adrian Cristian is Chief of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine as well as as Chief of the Amputee Care Program at the Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and its graduate medical training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Table of Contents

The Causes of Lower Limb Amputation
Prevention of Additional Amputations
Amputation Surgery
The Early Post-Surgical Period of Recovery
The Rehabilitation Unit and the Rehab Team
The Prosthesis
Walking with a Prosthesis
Returning Home with a Prosthesis
Problems Commonly Encountered by Lower Limb Amputees
Follow-up Visits to the Rehabilitation Clinic
The Older, Frail Amputee
The Bilateral Amputee
The Child with an Amputation
Sports and the Lower Limb Amputee
Coping with the Loss of a Limb