Ohio State can help you achieve greater independence following the loss of a limb.
The Amputee Rehabilitation at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center supports your physical and emotional needs resulting from the loss of limb due to an accident, illness, birth defect or cancer.
Our care program can prepare you for an artificial limb (prosthesis). We will help you learn new skills and adaptations as you advance toward a greater level of independence and a higher quality of life.
Patients often come to Ohio State for our comprehensive care and rehabilitation services following the loss of a lower or upper limb, including:
- Foot or ankle
- Leg below/above the knee or at the hip
- Fingers, hand or wrist
- Arm below/above the elbow or at the shoulder
Why choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?
Ohio State’s team of physicians, nurses and therapists is specially trained for after-amputation care. Our program also includes certified prosthetists – experts in fitting and adjusting artificial limbs to improve the patient’s comfort and enhance functional ability. Here are additional reasons why people choose Ohio State for help after the loss of a limb:
Personalized Care: You will receive a personal evaluation that helps create an individualized care plan to meet your needs and lead you toward your health goals. We will help you learn the skills and techniques you need to improve your abilities at work, home and social settings.
Unique Services: Orthopedic surgeons, prosthetists and physical therapists work together to manage your care. This clinical team employs the most advanced, evidence-based practice model to provide leading-edge rehabilitation services. Our clinical therapists offer innovative approaches while helping the amputee patient with advanced prosthetic technology.
Accredited Programs: We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and our Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognizes 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.
Nation’s Best: Ohio State’s rehabilitation program consistently ranks among the best in the nation. As an academic medical center, Ohio State offers comprehensive medical expertise, the most advanced technologies and treatment techniques, and innovative care backed by research knowledge.
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