Translated Titles

Rehabilitative Outcome of Amputee


黃美涓(May-Kuen Wong);陳智仁(Jyh-Ren Chen)

Key Words

Amputee ; Prosthesis ; Rehabilitation



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

13期(1985 / 12 / 01)

Page #

61 - 64

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

25 amputee patients were studied by questionnaire to understand their rehabilitative outcome after prosthesis fitting from January to December of 1984. Among them, 22 cases were male, 3 were female; 9 were upper extremity amputee (above elbow 3, below elbow 6) and 16 were lower extremity amputee (above Knee 6, below Knee 10); all of them were one limb amputation. The maturation time for porsthesis being used skillfully depended on different patients. 44% could use the prosthesis quite well at the time of being discharged, 24% needed 3 more months, and 32% should get repeat practice until half year later. The frequency of prosthesis being used at home was better in lower extremity than the upper, 87.5% lower extremity amputee used their prosthesis everyday, while on 44.4% in the upper. The activities of daily living were very well in these cases. 56% were completely independent, 40% needed a little bite help by others, only 1 person was partially dependent to his family, but no body was totally dependent. 56% of amputee patients remained to work outside, 24% changed to work at home, 3 cases gave up their original job and changed role with their wives. Only 2 cases did not work, one was a student and went back to school, another was a 85 year old man who stayed home before amputation. Only 32% cases were very satisfied to their prosthesis, another 32% were satisfied, 24% were fairly satisfied, while 24% were not satisfied at all. Among them, lower extremity prosthesis were satisfied at 75%, in upper were only 44.4%. The difference was statistically significant (P<0.05). How to improve the design and function of upper extremity prosthesis are very necessary and challenging in prosthetic field today.

Topic Category 醫藥衛生 > 醫藥總論