Comprehensive Management of the Upper-Limb Amputee

  • Diane J. Atkins
  • Robert H. MeierIII

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. James B. Bennett, Charlotte B. Alexander
    Pages 1-10
  3. Saleh M. Shenaq
    Pages 22-27
  4. Alvin L. Muilenburg, Maurice A. LeBlanc
    Pages 28-38
  5. Diane J. Atkins
    Pages 39-59
  6. Sharon Root Spiegel
    Pages 60-71
  7. Saleh M. Shenaq, Robert H. Meier III, Brent Brotzman
    Pages 72-77
  8. James B. Bennett, Gary M. Gartsman
    Pages 78-91
  9. Yoshio Setoguchi
    Pages 92-98
  10. William F. Sauter
    Pages 121-136
  11. Liesl Friedmann
    Pages 150-164
  12. Jeanne E. Dise-Lewis
    Pages 165-172
  13. Harold H. Sears, J. Thomas Andrew, Stephen C. Jacobsen
    Pages 194-210
  14. T. Walley Williams III
    Pages 211-220
  15. Ernst Marquardt
    Pages 240-252
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 253-260

About this book


Each year in the United States, an estimated 40,000 persons lose a limb. Of these amputees, approximately 30% lose a hand or an arm. This loss is most frequently related to trauma occurring in the healthy young adult male and is often work related. Approximately 3% of all amputees are born with congenital limb absence. In children, the ratio of congenital to acquired amputation is 2: 1, and the ratio of upper-limb to lower-limb amputees is 1. 2: 1. Therefore, since relatively few amputations result in upper-limb loss, only a small number of health practitioners, even those specializing in amputee rehabilitation, have the opportunity to provide services for a significant number of arm amputees. As a result, clinicians need to share their experiences so that the full range of options for optimum care and rehabilitation of the patient population may be considered. To meet this challenge for wider communication of clinical experience, a group of upper-limb amputee specialists met in Houston, Texas, in 1981 to serve as the core faculty for a course entitled "Contemporary Issues in Upper Extremity Amputation and Prosthetic Function. " This program provided the opportunity for surgeons, physiatrists, engineers, prosthetists, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists from the United States and Canada to discuss their extensive experience in working with upper­ extremity amputees. A second conference continuing the discussion of upper­ limb amputee rehabilitation was held one year later.


Amputation bioengineering biomedical engineering hand plastic surgery rehabilitation surgery surgical techniques

Editors and affiliations

  • Diane J. Atkins
    • 1
  • Robert H. MeierIII
    • 2
  1. 1.Amputee Center, Department of RehabilitationBaylor College of Medicine The Institute for Rehabilitation and ResearchHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Amputee Center of America, Department of Rehabilitation MedicineUniversity of Colorado Health Sciences CenterDenverUSA

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