Loss of a limb is a major life event. Whether loss was traumatic, due to cancer, or the result of complications of peripheral artery disease, infection, or diabetes, the Limb Loss Program at Touro Infirmary provides patients with the information, resources, and support needed to adapt to life without a limb. Touro Rehabilitation Center’s Limb Loss program offers several opportunities.
Limb Loss Week Education
The Limb Loss Program sponsors Limb Loss week once a month. Participation in Limb Loss week is free and offered to family members of and persons who have experienced limb loss. Participants do not have to be a patient of Touro Infirmary. During limb loss week, there are 3 days of education. Topics covered during Monday – Wednesday (educational days) include:
Thursday is a support group. Participants range from those with new amputations to those who have been successful several years following their amputation.
Limb loss week is held once a month, the week of the third Friday of each month. Please click here for a schedule. Classes are held from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. If you are interested in participating in all or part of Limb Loss week please e-mail Joshua Berthelot at Joshua.Berthelot@LCMCHealth.org or call (504) 897-7477.
The third Friday of each month is a Prosthetic clinic beginning at 1:00 pm. Whether you are ready to get sized for your first prosthetic, need to find information about specialty shoes or orthotics, or if you have been using a prosthetic for years and have questions or concerns you can get registered for prosthetic clinic by contacting one listed here (PDF). A PM&R Physician, Physical Therapist ad Orthotist/Prosthetists from several local companies attend each month and provide consultation for patients.
Once each month at 12 noon a nutrition class is led by a registered dietitian. This class reviews the relationship between diet, weight loss, and cardiovascular disease. Nutritional education specific to improving blood glucose, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are covered. Participants are encouraged to ask questions or voice concerns regarding nutritional topics. To participate in Nutrition class please contact Liz Cabrera at Elizabeth.Cabrera@LCMCHealth.org.
Limb Loss Manual
All patients in the Limb Loss program receive an education manual which details all topics covered during limb loss week. Additionally, the manual contains a resource section whether you are looking for specialty sports and adventure opportunities, have general questions about limb loss or are interested in magazines geared specifically towards people with limb loss.
Touro’s inpatient rehab therapists have been trained to identify and treat specialized needs of patients with limb loss. Touro’s Limb Loss Program offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and recreational therapy. Additionally, treatment plans are customized for each patient to meet their unique goals. Patients receive training that allows them to regain independence in all areas of their lives including:
Mobility: Ambulation, Wheelchair
Activities of Daily Living: dressing, toileting, showering, grooming, cooking, etc.
Amputee Coalition Partnership
Touro Infirmary has partnered with the Amputee Coalition to provide additional resources to its patients. Available for patients are:
New Journey Packet- which includes First Step – A Guide for Adapting to Limb Loss
Insurance Coverage and Reimbursement Guide: How to be Your Own Advocate
Free sign-up card for inMotion Magazine
Touro Infirmary offers outpatient therapy at its Neuro Rehab Center. This outpatient clinic specializes in treating patients who have experienced neurologic injury or amputation. To sign up for outpatient therapy services call (504) 897-8135 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each person's recovery after limb loss is unique. Education regarding limb loss rehab should start as soon as possible. Resources are even available for patients to consider prior to an amputation. Prompt initiation of rehab after an amputation to gives the person the best chance to recover skills and abilities, reduce the chance for developing bad habits and preserve the sound limb.
For more information about Touro Rehabilitation Center’s Limb Loss Rehabilitation Program, call (504) 897-8560.