Salvaging Function in the Traumatically Injured Limb by Trans-Tibial Amputation

Michael Saleh

Abstract


Trans-tibial amputation combined with recent prosthetic innovations provides a very effective way of salvaging function after severe lower limb injury. This surgeon advocates raising awareness of its potential, early involvement of specialist clinicians and a proactive reconstructive approach to the amputation itself alongside positive patient support and seamless rehabilitation is advocated. Amputation may not be the end of the process since prosthetic modifications, revision amputation surgery and late reconstruction of other limb deformities all play a role in improving overall function.


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