Teaching you the skills you need for independent living.

The Specialty Amputee Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center meets your physical and emotional needs resulting from loss of limb due to accident, illness, birth defect or cancer. Our care program prepares you for an artificial limb (prosthesis) and helps you learn skills for the greatest level of independence and quality of life.

Our Patients

We provide you with comprehensive care and rehabilitation following loss of a lower or upper limb:

  • Foot
  • Ankle
  • Above/below the knee
  • At the hip
  • Upper limb
  • Fingers
  • Wrist or hand
  • Above/below elbow
  • At the shoulder

Why choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

Our team of physicians, nurses and therapists is specially trained in after-amputation care. Our program also includes certified prosthetists who are experts in fitting, adjusting and taking care of artificial limbs. There are many important reasons to choose our programs and services:

  • We are proud that the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredits our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and our Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs. CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
  • Our Specialty Amputee Program is one of only two CARF-accredited outpatient amputee programs in the country
  • Our clinical therapists offer the most innovative approach in helping the amputee patient with advanced prosthetic technology
  • Orthopedic surgeons, prosthetists and physical therapists work together to manage your care
  • Our clinical staff uses the most recent, evidence-based practice model to provide leading-edge rehabilitation
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has consistently ranked among the best in the nation
  • Since Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center is an academic medical center, you benefit from innovative research, a depth of medical expertise and the newest technologies and treatment techniques available

Our Services

Our Services

The Specialty Amputee Program offers rehabilitation services to help in each phase of your rehabilitation — from services offered in the hospital (inpatient services) to those offered after returning home (outpatient services). These services help you achieve your highest level of recovery.

We will help you:

  • Achieve comfort and independence with your amputation if you do not have an artificial limb
  • Care for your amputation, including wound care, phantom pain, stump wrapping and desensitization
  • Choose the appropriate artificial limb for the best fit and function
  • Prevent complications
  • Return to driving, if possible
  • Return to work and daily activities (walking and climbing stairs), if possible

Treatment Team

Your Treatment Team

Your personalized treatment plan starts with a team of specialists who may include:

  • Physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating patients with injuries or diseases
  • Nurses who specialize in patient care, health promotion and disease prevention
  • Physical therapists who specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility
  • Occupational therapists who specialize in improving patients' ability to complete activities of daily living
  • Prosthetists who specialize in fitting, adjusting and the care of artificial limbs
  • Pain management specialists who specialize in evaluating and treating patients with severe persistent and disabling pain
  • Dietitians who specialize in nutrition and dietetics
  • Counselors who provide a variety of counseling, rehabilitation and support services

Your Treatment Plan

Your Treatment Plan

Your treatment plan is customized to meet your specific needs and may include:

  • Consultation and evaluation
  • Wound care
  • Pain management
  • Patient and family education
  • Preparation for artificial limb
  • Customized artificial limbs, braces, splints, canes and other assistive devices
  • Fitting and adjusting of artificial limb
  • Physical therapy with specially designed exercises and equipment to help patients regain or improve their physical abilities
  • Occupational therapy to help people engage in activities of daily living
  • Social work to help individuals enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Nutrition counseling

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