Amputee Rehabilitation Program

Please note: Max Gomez went to our Outpatient Division for his rehab.

Amputee Rehabilitation Program Description

The goal of Burke's Amputee Rehabilitation Program is to speed your healing, restore your confidence and provide you with the skills to return home and live as independently as possible after an amputation.

Burke's two-phase program begins immediately following surgery. The first phase focuses on pain control, healing, emotional support and preparing the limb for prosthesis. A prosthetist—a professional who assesses, designs, measures, fabricates and fits various types of upper and lower extremity prostheses—is available at Burke through the program. The prosthetist may be involved in the second phase, the education and training regarding the use, care and function of the prosthesis. Phase two can be done in an inpatient or outpatient setting depending on the patient's level of function.

Within a safe, secure and structured environment, Burke offers intensive therapy seven days a week. Your schedule will be determined by your individual needs and goals. As a patient in any of Burke's inpatient programs, you will receive a minimum of 3 hours of therapy a day, 5 days per week, generally Monday through Friday, and additional therapy on Saturday and/or Sunday for at least 1.5-2 hours. Skilled therapy will be provided in a combination of physical therapy and occupational therapy and/or speech therapy as needed.  Rehabilitation nursing and access to a physician are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Your interdisciplinary care team consists of you and your family and/or caregiver, as well as your physician, nurses, therapist and social worker/case manager. Under the direction of Karen Pechman, M.D., a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, the professionals on the team will assess your medical and rehabilitation needs and work with you to establish your individual goals. In close collaboration, the team designs and implements your treatment program. Throughout your treatment, the entire team meets formally once per week to discuss your progress. Family members and caregivers are encouraged to attend and participate in treatment sessions and patient care as appropriate.


Scope of Services
The Amputee Team is committed to ensuring that each individual patient’s needs are addressed by:

  • Providing rehabilitation through an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes communication, collaboration and cooperation
  • Lessening limitations of activities by focusing on the individual’s capabilities and utilizing compensatory strategies and devices
  • Providing the highest quality, patient-focused rehabilitation
  • Removing or lessening restrictions to participation in life situations to the fullest extent possible
  • Providing counseling to the individual and family and/or caregiver on alternative possibilities for life participation when necessary
  • Preparing the individual, family and/or caregiver to make the transition to the next stage of the rehabilitation process

Patient and Family/Caregiver Education
Ongoing patient and family/caregiver education is the first priority for all of Burke's programs. Each interaction with therapy and social work should serve as educational, and additional education classes and materials may be provided. In order to maximize the benefit, education will be diagnosis-specific with a focus on functional independence, adherence to precautions, progress and well-being. Dependent upon need, individual sessions may be dedicated to family training, during which a therapist will train family members in the appropriate provision of care and assistance for mobility, self care or exercise performance.  

Diagnostically exclusive educational classes will be held for all patients. These sessions will be used to provide educational materials, encourage group discussion and group problem solving and serve as support sessions. In addition, there is a monthly support group that meets on campus for amputees.  

Located in White Plains, New York, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital's Amputee Rehabilitation Program attracts amputation patients from Westchester County, New York City, Long Island, Northern New Jersey, and Connecticut. Burke also welcomes amputees from across the country and around the world.

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