Amputee Rehabilitation Program
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.
The two-phase program begins immediately following surgery. In the first phase, focus is 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 amputee rehabilitation program. The prosthetist may be involved in the education and training in regarding the use, care and function of the prosthesis during phase II, which can be done on an inpatient or outpatient setting depending on the patient's level of function.
Rehabilitation nursing and access to a physician is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each patient will receive a minimum of 3 hours of therapy a day, 5 days per week, generally Monday through Friday, and a sixth day of therapy, generally Saturday, for 1-2 hours. Once your artificial limb has been constructed and fitted, you will return to Burke for intensive physical and occupational therapy, to ensure maximum mobility and independence in your daily activities.
The interdisciplinary team consists of you, your family or caregiver, physician, nurses, therapists 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’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 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
Patient and caregiver education is the first priority and is considered to be ongoing. Each interaction with therapy and social work should serve as educational. In addition to this goal, education classes and materials may be provided. 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.
Educational classes will be held for patients and will be diagnostically exclusive. These sessions will be used to provide educational materials, encourage group discussion, and group problem solving and serve as support sessions.
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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