What to Expect While in Treatment

Your initial visit will typically include seeing the Physiatrist, Prosthetist and Physical Therapist. An individualized, comprehensive plan will be developed. We consider care for limb loss to be a lifelong relationship. If surgery is performed at Sinai Hospital, we coordinate the continuity of care through your acute hospitalization, inpatient or home care rehabilitation and transition to outpatient. We work with primary care physicians, surgeons, wound care specialists, podiatrists and other members of your health care team. We have longstanding relationships with the best prosthetic companies in the Baltimore area.

After an initial evaluation, further visits will continue to focus on:

  • Coordination of care for risk factors for vascular disease and skin problems such as diabetes, smoking, hypertension, and neuropathy
  • Prevention of second amputation
  • Fall prevention
  • Skin and foot care including proper shoes
  • Direction for treatment of wounds
  • Monitoring of functional mobility
  • Prescription for prostheses and supplies including all necessary paperwork on an ongoing basis
  • Treatment for phantom and residual limb pain including painful scars, neuromas and skin breakdown
  • Treatment for excessive sweating
  • Psychological effects from limb loss including depression and adjustment to disability
  • Peer support resources
  • Driving training and vehicle modification referral
  • Referral to other Physiatry specialists in the department for arthritis, back and neck pain, neurorehabilitation and wheelchair needs