P. S. Binkley
sarahbee at oldwiz.net
Thu May 2 22:09:43 PDT 2002
Thanks for the info on a Bilat Ertl! Oh, it sounds awesome!
Good luck on whatever you decide! :o)
Jeff Cain wrote:
> Thanks for the input and informal vote.
> The Ertl is an amputation procedure where the distal ends of the Tibia
> and Fibula are linked by a bone bridge. This results in the ability to
> increase the amount of distal weight bearing on the stump and may make
> for a more stable shape. It can be combined with a second technique that
> connects the muscles on the front and back of the stump in order to have
> them pull against each other and thereby prevent muscle wasting.
> Ertl advocates believe that the procedure results in a stump that is
> more functional and easier to fit well into a prosthesis. After doing my
> own research, I tend to believe their claims that it is superior to the
> more common amputation procedures.
> Yes, for the inquiring minds that have to know, it was Dr. Jan Ertl that
> recommended that I consider bilateral Ertls in one operation.
> As all of us on the list know, it is in our interest to become the most
> informed "consumers" that we can be. Surgeons come with their own
> biases, as we all do. Hence my request to the group for their opinions.
> As an extrovert, I like to try out ideas out loud. Even if "out loud"
> happens to be with a typewriter.
> Thank you to all for your thoughts. The decision is still a few weeks
> away, and I will keep you informed.
> Currently I am leaning (so to say) on one Ertl at a time. Seems to
> decrease the risk and allow the use of my "good" prosthesis as I relearn
> all the fun stuff with a new BK. Not to mention that relying on wheeling
> full time is a little tough with a hand that also got a little scuffed
> up during the accident too....
> It's all one adventure after another.
> LBK 96
> RBK soon?
More information about the Amp-l