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Foot Ankle Int. 2002 Jun;23(6):509-14.

Benefits of early prosthetic management of transtibial amputees: a prospective clinical study of a prefabricated prosthesis.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, The Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA. lync@helix.org

Abstract

To evaluate the use of an immediate postoperative prosthesis (IPOP) for transtibial amputees, we compared patient outcomes from a prospective clinical study of 19 patients managed with an IPOP with those of a retrospective review of a matched historic control group of 23 patients managed with standard soft dressings. Data were analyzed with the Student's t-test, and significance was set at P = 0.05. The IPOP patients had no surgical revisions, whereas the patients with standard soft dressings had 11. This was a significant difference. IPOP patients also had significantly fewer postoperative complications and shorter times to custom prosthesis than did controls.

PMID:
12095119
DOI:
10.1177/107110070202300607
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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