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Amputations

Rehabilitation

Overview

At Orlando Health Rehabilitation Institute we realize there is a need for specialized amputee care. We have a dedicated group of professionals to meet your medical and rehabilitation needs from your surgery through your discharge home.

Phase One

Beginning post-operatively in the acute care phase, physical and occupational therapists will work with you to help you regain mobility. You will be educated throughout and will be provided with support. Therapy begins at the bedside with your first instructions on how to get into a chair, what exercises to start with and how to get dressed again. Doctors, nurses, nutritionists and social workers will also be an integral part of your team.

Phase Two

On our CARF accredited inpatient rehabilitation unit, you will continue more aggressive therapy to reach your goal of independent function in mobility and self-care tasks. In addition to exercise and practice of daily routine tasks, you will also be given the opportunity to participate in your medication and wound care regimes as a way of increasing your independence. The goal of this phase is to prepare you for your discharge to home. Some of the many activities you may be involved in include:

  • Specialized stump wrapping to prepare for prosthetic fitting 
  • Use of the Nintendo Wii for balance training 
  • Functional outings with recreational therapy for integration back into the community 
  • Practice of higher level daily routine tasks such as laundry and cooking

Phase Three

Therapy does not end when you are discharged home. At our outpatient facility, you will continue participating in physical and occupational therapy to maximize your independence and follow through to the completion of your mobility and self-care goals. Here, we also provide the following:

  • Orthotic and prosthetic assessments and assistance 
  • An amputee support group 
  • Seating and wheelchair assessment 
  • Wheelchair clinics