Author(s): Dr. S. Abdul Gafoor
BACKGROUND Limb loss is one of the most physically and psychologically devastating events that can happen in a person. Successful rehabilitation following amputation is complex and requires multiple medical, surgical and rehabilitation specialties. Early post-operative prosthetic fitting and independent ambulation are major goals in the rehabilitation of amputees, with early walking being extremely valuable in the physical and psychological rehabilitation of the amputee. Objective- To study the functional outcome of early post-operative prosthetic fitting in transtibial amputees. METHODS Study Setting- Department of PMR, Government Medical College, Trivandrum. Study Population- All transtibial amputees with early post-operative prosthetic fitting admitted in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation ward during 1 year. RESULTS Transtibial amputees with early post-operative prosthetic fitting have good functional outcome. CONCLUSIONS Early post-operative prosthetic fitting is a feasible alternative to immediate post-operative prosthetic fitting for early rehabilitation.