Functional Restoration of Adults and Children with Upper Extremity Amputation

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Functional Restoration of Adults and Children with Upper Extremity Amputation

SKU# 9781888799736

Author: Robert H. Meier III MD, Diane J. Atkins OTR


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"This is the only comprehensive guide to the surgery, prosthetic fitting, and rehabilitation of individuals sustaining an arm amputation. It incorporates the major advances in prosthetics and rehabilitation that have occurred in recent years, and will improve the quality of service and the outcomes for those who sustain an arm amputation. Sections deal with the surgical aspects of arm amputation, the comprehensive management of the arm amputee, prosthetic restoration following arm amputation, the special concerns of upper extremity amputation in children, and clinical outcomes.

The incidence, demographics, and functional outcomes are quite different from those of lower limb amputees. The arm amputee is most commonly a young man who sustains a traumatic injury, most often to his right, dominant arm. Because the incidence of arm amputation is low compared to that of the lower extremity, relatively few health professionals have much experience in providing surgery, therapy, rehabilitation, prosthetic care, or counseling for a significant number of arm amputees. This book is the definitive text for these individuals.

The prosthetic field, including its allied healthcare team, takes on a formidable task in restoring physical capabilities to the upper extremity amputee. This feat cannot be accomplished solely using modern technology, and technology is not always the central issue. Optimal rehabilitation requires an underlying commitment in many essential areas of care: for one, sensitivity to the desires, anxieties and fears of the individual with amputation. Although the prosthetic practitioner has at his or her disposal more technology than ever before, restoring integral function for the amputee involves still more than mechanical application. Interdisciplinary, cooperative efforts in research, development, and treatment between prosthetic practitioners and other constituents of the allied healthcare team is paramount. The rehabilitation process must focus not only on the provision and use of a prosthesis, but also on issues related to surgical procedures, self-determination and pain management. To this end, Functional Restoration of Adults and Children with Upper Extremity Amputation provides the definitive guide for all surgeons, prosthetists, and rehabilitation professionals who work with upper limb amputees.


Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 01, 2004
  • Page Count 384
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9781888799736
  • EISBN 9781934559581

Table of Contents 

"History of Arm Amputation, Prosthetic Restoration, and Arm Amputation Rehabilitation; Surgical Aspects of Arm Amputation. Amputation Levels and Surgical Techniques; Upper Extremity Salvage and Reconstruction for Trauma and Tumors; Upper Extremity Amputation Revision and Reconstruction; Surgical Options for Brachial Plexus Injury; Comprehensive Management for the Arm Amputee. Rehabilitation Planning for the Upper Extremity Amputee; Self-Determination of the Person with an Upper Extremity Amputation; Integrating Psychological and Medical Care: Practice Recommendations for Amputation; Pain Management for Upper Extremity Amputation; Evaluation of the Adolescent and Adult with Upper Extremity Amputation; The Prosthetist's Evaluation and Planning Process with the Upper Extremity Amputee; Foot Skills and Other Alternatives to Hand-Use; Postoperative and Preprosthetic Preparation; Functional Skills Training with Body-Powered and Externally Powered Prostheses; Prosthetic Restoration in Arm Amputation. Prosthetic Prescription; Aesthetic Restorations for the Upper Limb Amputee; Overview of Body-Powered Upper Extremity Prostheses; Externally Powered Prostheses for the Adult Transradial and Wrist Disarticulation Amputee; External-Power for the Transhumeral Amputee; of Powered Upper Extremity Prostheses; Creative Prosthetic Solutions for Bilateral Upper Extremity Amputation; Prosthetic Rehabilitation of Glenohumeral Level Deficiencies; Recreation and Sports Adaptations; Case Studies of Upper Extremity Amputations and Prosthetic Restoration; Pediatric Upper Extremity Amputation. Evaluation of a Child with Congenital Upper Extremity Limb Deficiency; Training the Child with a Unilateral Upper-Extremity Prosthesis; Pediatric Case Studies of Upper Extremity Limb Deficiencies; Outcomes in Upper Extremity Amputation. Follow-up, Outcomes, and Long-term Experiences in Adults with Upper Extremity Amputation; Return to Work Issues for the Upper Extremity Amputee;Historical Trends and the Future. Research Trends for the 21st Century."

Editorial Review(s) 

"The organization of the book works very well, and the various authors cover a very broad range of topics of interest to those clinicians who treat individuals with upper-extremity amputation. The editors have assembled an impressive group of 34 contributors with backgrounds in medicine, occupational therapy, engineering, prosthetics, and even business...[The case studies in the book] are extremely interesting and a valuable method of teaching the important concepts...Recommend[ed] to all physical therapists with an interest in upper-extremity amputation and management."-- Physical Therapy

"The book is written mainly for physiatrists, orthopedic surgeons, prosthetists and other medical professionals caring for amputees...Convincing upper extremity amputees to wear their expensive prostheses has always been a problem for the rehab team. With this book, the authors present a comprehensive and current accounting of how to care for our amputees. They are to be commended for a job well done. I highly recommend this work to all medical personnel caring for these patients." -- Doody's Review

"Because the incidence of arm amputation is relatively low, few health care professionals get much experience in providing surgery, therapy, rehabilitation, prosthetic care, or counseling to any significant number of arm amputees. In this text, 34 American health care specialists contribute 30 chapters providing a comprehensive treatment of rehabilitation care for such patients. Coverage includes a history of arm amputation, prosthetic restoration, and arm amputation rehabilitation; surgical aspects; comprehensive patient management; prosthetic restoration; pediatric issues; outcomes; and research trends for the 21st century. Illustrated throughout with B&W photographs, diagrams and charts." --Book News