Our Center of Excellence is now located at the Presbyterian/St.
Luke's Medical Center, a state of the art, tertiary medical center
in the heart of Denver. All services that an amputee is likely
to need throughout their life are now located under one roof in
this world-class Medical Center. With this array of services, the
amputee can receive all the rehabilitation they would need just
a few yards from where they are initially evaluated.
We use a team coordinator to facilitate the scheduling of appointments
so that our amputees do not fall through the cracks of healthcare
bureaucracy. This system of coordination appears to decrease the
anxiety that is often produced when a person enters a new system
of service delivery. In addition, the personal service that is
provided by our coordinator can facilitate the rehabilitation process
and leads to better amputee satisfaction.
We use a team coordinator to tie together the various components
of the team and to assist the amputee in any problem solving that
is needed. The team coordinator also assists the amputee in identifying
issues that need to be emphasized or concerns that need to be resolved.
This coordinator essential serves as our internal case manager
in order to facilitate the smooth delivery of services and to enhance
for Amputation Rehabilitation
The earlier that rehabilitation services are begun, the earlier
that function and emotional adaptation can occur. We prefer to
be involved before the amputation occurs but certainly within a
week of the amputation. Our team can assist the amputee in understanding
the entire rehabilitative process and the prosthetic options that
are available. This early treatment involvement provides an opportunity
to assist with the emotional transition that occurs and to assist
in restoring function prior to prosthetic fabrication. We work
to have the uncomplicated leg amputee achieve wearing and using
a leg prosthesis within 12 weeks of the amputation or even sooner.
Most uncomplicated arm amputees should be wearing and using a prosthesis
for basic skills within eight weeks of their arm loss.
Maximum Prosthetic and Physical Function
We focus on
the individual who has experienced an amputation and their desire for the best possible function, either with
or without the use of a prosthesis. Honing the body for the desired
level of function requires specific types of physical and occupational
therapy. Our team of therapists has extraordinary experience
in preparing persons for active lives.
Arm Amputation Specialty Experience
Our Center has one of the world's largest experiences with arm
amputation and arm amputation rehabilitation. We work with all
types of prosthetic arm components including electric components
and the more conventional, body powered component arm parts.
Forty percent of our patients have lost one or both arms. We
have extensive experience in assisting the bilateral arm amputee
returning to full function and independence using both body powered
prostheses, electric prostheses and hybrid prosthetic arms.