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POSTOPERATIVE MANAGEMENT OF PATIENTS WITH LOWER EXTREMITY AMPUTATIONS

Raoul C. Psaki, (MC); Phyllis R. Strobel, (WMSC); John J. Keys, (MSC)
JAMA. 1954;156(11):1070-1076. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950110032011.
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This presentation is concerned with the postoperative management of the patient with a lower extremity amputation. During the 30 month period from October, 1951, to April, 1954, at Letterman Army Hospital, we have treated 262 patients with major amputations of the lower extremities. Of this number, 101 had above-knee amputations and 161 below-knee amputations. The problem of rehabilitation of the patient with amputation of a lower extremity may be divided, for descriptive purposes, into two phases, operative and postoperative. In the postoperative phase the primary purpose of treatment is to prepare the patient and the stump for the fitting and

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