Major lower limb amputation for vascular disease in the Grampian area: The outcome of rehabilitation

G. Kanellopoulos, A. Sabharwal, C. MacGregor, G. G. Cooper, J. Engeset

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The outcome of lower limb amputation in the Grampian Region has been studied. In the years 1990-1991, 93 patients had 104 amputations for vascular disease. Rehabilitation was supervised by a multidisciplinary team. The amputation level was: unilateral and below-knee (BKA), 55 patients; unilateral and above-knee (AKA), 27 patients; and bilateral (BA) in 11 patients. At a median follow-up of 27 months, survivors who had had a limb fitted were sent a questionnaire to assess their physical mobility. The response rate was 95%. There were 33 (60%) survivors in the BKA group. Fourteen patients (25%) indicated good mobility and seven (13%) indicated fair mobility. There were five (19%) survivors in the AKA group, only one of whom described fair mobility with a prosthetic limb. There were 5 (46%) survivors of BA. Two described good and one fair mobility. Although vascular amputees have a high mortality rate, physical mobility tends to be good in those fitted with a prosthesis after BKA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-115
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • Amputation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Vascular disease

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