Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Teamwork Procedures

The entire team meets on a weekly basis to review and update team members on every amputee that is currently being treated. This weekly discussion enhances team communication and problem solving. These discussions move the rehabilitation process along in a more efficient manner for improved service delivery.

We believe that amputee empowerment results from an excellent program of education so that the amputee can make decisions for their future function and life. Each phase of our rehabilitation program involves teaching the amputee about the options they have for their future life and prosthetic restoration. We also educate our amputees about the expected level of function following their personal investment in a comprehensive rehabilitation program.

The entire team meets with the amputee and their family at the beginning for treatment planning and then on a monthly basis to develop objectively measurable, time-limited goals that help to monitor progress throughout the entire period of planned treatment. These monthly meetings provide an excellent opportunity for the amputee to provide regular input into their treatment plan and to better understand the expected outcomes for function and community integration.

Associated Programs

We are closely allied with the members of the Institute for Limb Preservation and work closely with its team of specialists including, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, vascular surgery, infectious disease, wound care specialists and pain management physicians to provide a complete array of services that may potentially aid the comprehensive management of the person with an amputation.

We are closely allied with recreational programs for our amputees and can network with these programs depending on the interests of our amputees. We often use recreational pursuits as part of our rehabilitation program.

Pain Management

Dr. Meier, other specialist physicians and psychologists in our Center work in concert to evaluate and use a multi-disciplinary approach for both acute and chronic pain. Following the initial amputation surgery, most amputees will experience both incisional (post-operative) and phantom pain. However, within six to eight weeks following the amputation most all pain should subside and not be a problem for the amputee. However, a few amputees go onto having longer lasting pain that interferes with their quality of life. This type of pain requires a variety of pain treatment techniques that our team offers. In our experience, the most frequent amputee pain problem is related to use of the prosthesis and often reflects a poor fitting prosthesis or a soft tissue problem in the residual limb. Our team will work with the amputee to sort through the possible causes of the pain and attempt to correct the causes as quickly as possible.

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