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A NEW APPROACH TO STUMP SHRINKAGE FOR ABOVE-KNEE AMPUTEES Zane Grimm, M.S., C.C.T. Corrective Therapist Palo Alto V.A. Hospital Palo Alto, California PREFACE The suggested method and principles of stump shrinkage by compression outlined below are only an attempt to solve a recognized problem. This problem is relative to the initial fitting of a File Size: KB.

The skin of an amputation stump is not designed to withstand the physical insults it encounters within a prosthetic limb. For example, although some adaptation to friction or pressure occurs, some skin problems are inevitable.

If these dermatoses cannot be prevented or rapidly resolved by prosthesis adjustment or medical intervention, they can. effective lever of the stump (e.g., a patient may have some intact portion of the humerus; however, if this stump does not extend beyond the axillary fold, it is classified as a shoulder amputation and therefore an ineffective lever).

The axilla-to-stump-end measurement is especially important for prosthetic fitting. length of the stump is another main consideration in ensuring successful rehabilitation. In cases of above-knee amputation, it is recommended that at least 10 cm below the ischium be preserved to prevent the lameness and perineal skin damage that can be caused by the socket edge. In cases of below-knee amputation, it is recommended that.

amputee is the bandaging of the stump. Proper bandaging shapes and shrinks the stump so that the amputee can more successfully be fitted to a prosthesis. If a stump has not been bandaged, or has been improperly bandaged, the amputee will have to have many adjustments made to his socket as shrinkage occurs. The inconvenience caused by such a procedureFile Size: KB.

amputation) 1. Lie flat on your side, stump up. 2. Bend your bottom leg backward for support. 3. Slowly lift your stump upward, taking care not to roll your body forward or backward. 4. Slowly return to the starting position and relax. Chapter Two,"General Principles of Amputation Surgery", by Douglas G.

Smith, MD, from the Atlas of Amputation and Limb Deficiencies (1). Available with permission from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Arms and legs, hands and feet: These unique and wonderful extensions of our bodies allow us to touch, to feel and to manipulate our.

Of persons with diabetes who have a lower extremity amputation, up to 55% will require amputation of the second leg within 2‐3 years. 25% mortality 1 year after amputation. 50% mortality 3 years after amputation.

In most centers, artificial limbs are constructed in a modular fashion.

What amputation leads to? Amputation is a surgical operation. For the body, it is an injury. This is why post-op, the stump gets bigger in size. This swelling is called “traumatic oedema” and is due to the body’s inflammatory response to injury. This oedema is just temporary fluid and is not the natural size of the stump.