Introductory Amputee Care For Lower Limb Amputees

Web Development Video

Narrated by Paddy Rossbach, RN, former President and CEO

These demonstrations are to help you learn to manage after a lower extremity amputation. They are not to take the place of your regular rehabilitation or medical care; rather they should serve as a reference or reminder of what you are being taught. In some cases there is more than one correct way to do something. These videos just demonstrate some of these ways. The method used to reduce post surgical swelling, i.e., wrapping, shrinker, etc., should be the one the healthcare team is most comfortable with and can monitor constantly. If done incorrectly it can cause more damage than good. For simplicity we will refer to Above Knee Amputees as AK’s and Below Knee Amputees as BK’s.

01: Wrapping with an elastic bandage - BK

01: Wrapping with an elastic bandage – BK

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02: Wrapping with an elastic bandage - AK

02: Wrapping with an elastic bandage – AK

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03: Applying a shrinker

03: Applying a shrinker

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04: Donning an AK prosthesis with a full suction socket

04: Donning an AK prosthesis with a full suction socket

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05: Using a walker

05: Using a walker

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06: Using crutches

06: Using crutches

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07: Using a cane

07: Using a cane

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08: Getting the most out of a dynamic response foot

08: Getting the most out of a dynamic response foot

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09: Getting up from the floor

09: Getting up from the floor

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We would like to thank the following for their help in making this video: Paddy Rossbach, Petra Tepper, Charlie Steele, ASPIRE, The Joyce Center, Jim Azzara, Carol Dawn Maloney, Coyne Maloney.

The views expressed in this videotape do not necessarily reflect those of the Amputee Coalition or the National Limb Loss Information Center, nor does the Amputee Coalition of America endorse any specific technology, procedure, or device. Consumers are urged to consult with their healthcare providers before making any decisions regarding their care or rehabilitation.

This production is partially supported by Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number U59 DD000347 from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Its contents do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.