Limb Loss Rehabilitation in New Orleans
The support you need following limb loss
Losing 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 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 for patients to learn and improve their condition and quality of life.
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 persons who have experienced limb loss and their family members. Participants do not have to be a patient of Touro Infirmary. During Limb Loss Week, there are 3 days of education, with classes held from 3:30 – 4:30 pm.
Topics covered during educational days include:
- Management of PAD and modifiable risk factors
- Wound care
- Residual limb care – desensitization and shaping
- Foot care
- Pain management
- Body image and adjustment
- Prosthetic options and considerations
- Choosing a prosthetist
- Use of assistive devices
The Thursday of Limb Loss Week offers a support group. Participants range from those with new amputations to those who have been successful several years following their amputation.
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 find what you are looking for at our clinic. A PM&R physician, physical therapist, and orthotists/prosthetists from several local companies attend each month and provide consultation for patients. If you are interested in participating in all or part of Limb Loss Week, please e-mail Joshua Berthelot at Joshua.Berthelot@LCMCHealth.org.
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 use)
- Transfer skills
- Activities of daily life, such as dressing, toileting, showering, grooming, cooking, etc.
- Community reintegration
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, 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 gives the person the best chance to recover skills and abilities, reduce the chance for developing bad habits, and preserve the sound limb.