Nearly 2 million people in the U.S. are living with limb loss—a complex health issue that requires highly specialized rehabilitation. That's why we developed our Inpatient Amputee Rehabilitation program. One of just a handful CARF-accredited amputation rehabilitation programs in the region, it is now attracting a diverse population of patients from throughout the country.
At MedStar Health, we focus on the whole person, helping patients reach the highest level of health and independence possible. Our interdisciplinary team approach to care includes the expertise of a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, nurses, a psychologist, physical, occupational, and recreational therapists, a nutritionist, a prosthetist, and a care coordinator.
Our goal is to help patients deal with the multiple effects of limb loss by teaching them how to tackle the daily activities of life, while building their strength and increasing their endurance.
Most patients come to MedStar NRH immediately following their amputation. Sometimes our consultants will meet with patients while they are still in an acute care setting as a way to prepare them for what can be a very intensive and challenging rehabilitation program.
Amputee program highlights
- Program is recognized as an Amputee Coalition Certified Hospital Partner.
- Program provides resources to peer mentors through MedStar NRH and Hanger's Peer Mentor program.
- We treat both single and multiple limb amputation in both the upper and lower extremity.
- The average inpatient stay lasts two weeks.
- Our nutritionist teaches patients about adopting a diet to promote healing.
- Our psychologist helps patients deal with the emotional issues that accompany limb loss.
- An inpatient support group is available to help patients cope with their new condition.
- Patients learn important self-care regimens in order to prevent infections, skin ulcers, blood clots, and other medical complications.
- Additional education on diet and blood glucose control is provided for patients with diabetes.
- Our specialized therapy program helps prepare patients for living with the assistance of a prosthesis.
- A team of certified prosthetists who can design, fit, and manufacture customized prostheses are available on-site.
After being discharged from our inpatient program, many patients continue their training and therapy at one of our many outpatient sites located throughout the region. Likewise, we are here for patients if they require modifications in their prostheses, a replacement limb—or other adaptive equipment to improve their quality of life.
Many patients take advantage of MedStar Health’s active Adaptive Sports program and our Amputee Support Group, which provides an opportunity for patients to share their experiences with others living with limb loss. Opportunities are also available for patients to become a peer mentor (or mentee) to others with limb loss. MedStar NRH Amputee program is partnered with Amputee Coalition to offer expertise, training curriculum, and patient education materials to integrate a highly successful peer support program into our rehabilitation.