A variety of diseases as well as accidents may require amputation of a body part or limb. Traumatic injuries such as those sustained in an automobile accident or a severe burn are the most likely causes of amputation in patients younger than 50. For people over age 50, the leading causes of amputation are related to diabetes and peripheral vascular disease, a condition brought about by atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
At UT Southwestern Medical Center, our expertise in amputation therapies results in state-of-the-art prostheses (artificial limbs) that are expertly designed and fitted to meet your individual needs.
Our rehabilitation specialists attentively work with patients to achieve the best possible results from an artificial arm or artificial leg. Our caring specialists will help you recover a sense of well-being, attain high levels of function, and enjoy more independence. Amputees who have been a part of our program have realized extraordinary results in their rehabilitation − including participating in sports and driving a car.
Our occupational, physical, and recreational therapists provide the specialized care and treatments needed to address your specific situation. In addition, individualized exercise programs designed to strengthen the appropriate muscle groups will help maximize your ability to effectively use the artificial arm or artificial leg and regain a normal lifestyle.
If the amputation is related to a vascular condition, our physical medicine and rehabilitation therapists design a rehabilitation program to effectively address requirements following vascular surgery or other vascular treatments.
We believe that family members play an integral role in rehabilitation, and our specialists work diligently to provide your family with the information needed to promote recovery. In addition, our medical staff extends a wide variety of services to families, including psychological counseling, support groups, and educational programs that address all of the questions about amputation and prostheses.
Advancements in the development of prostheses, including the use of ultralight materials, have enabled amputees to lead remarkably versatile lives. For patients for whom amputation is necessary, our specialists will thoroughly discuss all options and prosthetic devices available.
Treatments we provide include:
- Amputation rehabilitation
- Blood pressure test
- Diabetes management
- Duplex ultrasound
- Phantom pain or sensation