Amputations and Rehabilitation

  • Coleen Napolitano
  • Ann Zmuda
  • Francis J. Rottier
  • Michael S. Pinzur
  • Rodney M. StuckEmail author
Part of the Contemporary Diabetes book series (CDI)


An amputation of the lower extremity is erroneously considered a failure of conservative care or an unpreventable outcome of diabetes. In the diabetic population, a lower extremity amputation is often the result of ischemia or uncontrolled infection. This chapter will discuss multiple factors that should be evaluated to optimize the outcome of any amputation. The technique and important intraoperative factors when performing an amputation are discussed. Following an amputation, a rehabilitation process is begun to return the patient back into the community. Discussed are the factors that influence a patient’s rehabilitation potential as a community ambulator.


Diabetes Limb salvage Transmetatarsal amputation Transtibial amputation Rehabilitation Amputation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Coleen Napolitano
    • 1
  • Ann Zmuda
    • 2
  • Francis J. Rottier
    • 1
  • Michael S. Pinzur
    • 1
  • Rodney M. Stuck
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and RehabilitationLoyola University Health SystemMaywoodUSA
  2. 2.Department of Vascular Surgery, Endocrinology, and Orthopedic SurgeryUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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