[AMP-L] Long-term Treatment for Amputees
rdstevens at enter.net
Tue Aug 23 14:21:42 PDT 2005
There are so many variables possible that it is almost impossible to guess.
Each of us has a different array of experiences resulting in different
Some of us can share what to expect after a below-knee amputation. BUT, if
he is still in ICU 2 months after the accident, he must have other medical
complications that may require far more after-care than the amputation
itself. Check with the various doctors and your hospital's social service
dept regarding what services are needed and available in your area and local
For a 'simple' BK amputation, consider (1) immediate post-op physical
therapy (should already be in progress), (2) fitting of a prosthesis ( this
is a big-ticket item), (3) Physical therapy after obtaining the prosthesis,
(4) cost of renting or purchase of wheelchair, walker, canes, crutches, etc.
(5) in-home nursing care. (6) Also, will he require any residential rehab.
or nursing home care? (7) Oh yes, medications, dressings, etc.
I'm not sure if it's SSI he needs or SSDI?
You are right! The docs and hospital staff should do all they can to help
you get the application process underway. After all, it is in their
interest that your dad be as financially solvent as possible if they hope to
get paid for their services, right?
Do get your hospital social worker to help you sort all this out.
Wishing you and him all the best.
Dick Stevens, DBKA in PA (DBKA means double below-knee amputee)
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