Why knee disarticulation (through-knee-amputation) is appropriate for non ambulatory patients

Citation
I. Siev-ner et al., Why knee disarticulation (through-knee-amputation) is appropriate for non ambulatory patients, DISABIL REH, 22(18), 2000, pp. 862-864
Citations number
8
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Rehabilitation
Journal title
DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION
ISSN journal
0963-8288 → ACNP
Volume
22
Issue
18
Year of publication
2000
Pages
862 - 864
Database
ISI
SICI code
0963-8288(200012)22:18<862:WKD(IA>2.0.ZU;2-3
Abstract
Purpose : To determine the reason why 79% of knee disarticulation amputees had not received a prosthesis. Method: A 10 year survey was carried out of all patients who had undergone a knee disarticulation at our medical centre. Results : Seventeen of the 37 patients that had not received a prosthesis w ere recognized to be non- ambulators prior to the surgery. Four patients di ed after the surgery and in 16 of the patients their general condition limi ted functional ambulation. An effort had been made to ambulate the patients but had failed. Conclusions : From a biomechanical point of view many advantages are to be gained for sedentary and bedridden amputees when the level of amputation is through-the-knee.