Prosthetic Rehabilitation in Bilateral High Above Elbow Amputation
P B Johansen, M Breitholtz, R Cavrini, B Johansson, H Schmidl, M Thyberg
Rehabilitation in patients with bilateral high above elbow amputation presents a considerable prosthetic problem. A patient with high upper arm amputations after a high-voltage injury is presented. He was successfully fitted with multifunctional myoelectric hand prostheses. The problems in rehabilitation of adult bilateral arm amputees are discussed and the value of fitting these patients with electrically powered prostheses is assessed. The balance between technical and clinical aspects is discussed in relation to patient acceptance. In our case good acceptance and functional benefit was noted. The fact is stressed that the bilateral upper extremity amputee can regain considerable physical function with the fitting of suitable prostheses, even if the limb remnants are short and provide little or no function. An extensive team approach at specialized centres will favour the results.
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