Pre and post-amputation mobility of trans-tibial amputees: Correlation to medical problems, age and mortality

V. J. Johnson, S. Kondziela, F. Gottschalk

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This retrospective study compares pre and post-amputation mobility and the influence of age and associated medical problems. Data from the charts of 120 male patients who underwent unilateral trans-tibial (below-knee) amputation at the Dallas Veteran's Administration Hospital between June, 1983 and October, 1991, were collected and analyzed. Mobility was assessed with a six level scale developed by Volpicelli et al. (1983). The presence of cardiac disease, pulmonary disease (COPD), peripheral vascular disease (PVD), diabetes mellitus, degenerative joint disease, blindness, cerebral vascular accident (CVA), and age are correlated with changes in mobility after amputation. Older patients had more medical problems and lower post-amputation scores. Individual medical problems did not influence mobility scores, but the presence of COPD and PVD lowered pre-amputation mobility scores. Cardiac disease and diabetes mellitus influenced post-amputation mobility scores by lowering them, either together or individually. Regardless of age, however, patients with more medical problems were poor ambulators. The cause of amputation per se did not influence mobility scores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-164
Number of pages6
JournalProsthetics and Orthotics International
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

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Amputees
Amputation
Mortality
Peripheral Vascular Diseases
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Heart Diseases
Diabetes Mellitus
Veterans Hospitals
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Blindness
Osteoarthritis
Lung Diseases
Accidents
Blood Vessels
Knee
Retrospective Studies

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  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Pre and post-amputation mobility of trans-tibial amputees : Correlation to medical problems, age and mortality. / Johnson, V. J.; Kondziela, S.; Gottschalk, F.

In: Prosthetics and Orthotics International, Vol. 19, No. 3, 1995, p. 159-164.

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